To provide high quality migratory bird habitat on the Owens Bay area of Lake Andes NWR, Refuge staff intensively manage water levels.
Eagles are frequently seen soaring over the Refuge.
Waterbirds occurring in the Great Plains region include loons, grebes, pelicans, cormorants, bitterns, herons, egrets, ibises, rails, coots, cranes, gulls and terns.
The western portion of the District is located in the heart of the “pheasant belt,” where ring-necked pheasant densities are high.
The area hosts migrant waterfowl populations in the tens and hundreds of thousands during peak fall and spring migration periods.
Visitors interested in wildlife observation can expect to find nearly any species of bird or mammal indigenous to the prairie pothole country.
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Common warbler found in fields and edges during migration. Adult males are yellow with a black face mask. Females are olive brown with yellow on the throat and under the tail.