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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• This avocet has long, thin, gray legs with black and white plumage on the back and white on the underbelly. The neck and head are cinnamon in the summer and gray in the winter. The long, thin bill is curved upward and the avocet sweeps it back and forth in the water to feed. Chicks walk, swim, and feed themselves.