Monarch butterflies are returning to our region in search of milkweed to lay their eggs on. Keep a sharp eye out and you might just see one!
Welcome Home Monarchs
Waterfowl at the Refuge
Squaw Creek supports 3,400 acres of wetland. This fall’s migration should be better than ever.
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Keep an eye out for emerging milkweed. This is the only plant monarch caterpillars will eat, so consider this while planning your garden!
Milkweed Seed Finder
Morel Mushroom Hunting
Morel mushrooms may be collected for personal use April 10 – May 10, 2016 only in the Loess Hills, east side of Highway 159 on the refuge.
Morel Mushroom Hunting Map
About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
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Bald eagles migrate to the refuge by late fall and early winter. As many as 300 immature and adult bald eagles and an occasional golden eagle may be seen during the migration peak, usually by the first of December. A record 476 bald eagles were counted during a 2001 survey. The first recorded successful bald eagle nest fledged three young eaglets in the summer of 1997. A few bald eagles may spend the winter and summer on the refuge. Migrating eagles leave the refuge in spring and summer returning to lakes and streams in the northern forests.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Apr 28, 2016