Volunteer opportunities on the refuge range from one-day stewardship activities to a regular commitment to help staff with different duties. Volunteer stewardship activities may include habitat management or trail maintenance events. . Volunteers who want to make a regular commitment may help with staffing the information desk, leading school groups, or providing interpretive programs.
Youth, civic, educational, and special interest groups are always welcome to volunteer. Hands-on stewardship activities like invasive species eradication and clearing brush from prairie habitats are most popular with groups. Scouts can earn recognition from the experience.Volunteers assist with biological surveys, maintenance, habitat management, and visitor services projects. Potential volunteers should contact Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge at 660-442-3187.
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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.