Refuge staff at Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge manage habitat to benefit wildlife. Refuge managers change water levels and mow and disk fields to benefit migrating waterfowl and shorebirds in the spring and fall and nesting marsh and water birds in the summer.Moist soil plants such as smartweed, rice cutgrass, and wild millet grow during the summer months and then marsh units are flooded in the fall where waterfowl feed on the moist soil plant seeds.Refuge personnel conduct prescribed burns to prevent invasive and woody plant growth. The tallgrass prairies consisting of big bluestem, little bluestem, Indian grass, and switchgrass have nearly vanished in the Midwest. Refuge staff members have restored some native prairie on the Loess Hills and in the wetlands.
Draft Compatibility Determination (Commercial Recording)Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Mound City, Missouri is proposing to allow commercial recording through a Special Use Permit, which includes still photography, videography, filming, and audio recording; conducted of natural, historic, or cultural subjects for commercial use. Wildlife observation and wildlife photography are priority public uses on National Wildlife Refuges. Allowing appropriate commercial recording on the refuge will allow a greater segment of the public to enjoy the wonders of Squaw Creek NWR while promoting the entire National Wildlife Refuge System. The Draft Compatibility Determination supports commercial recording as an existing wildlife-dependent use of a national wildlife refuge that, based on sound professional judgment, will not materially interfere with or detract from fulfilling the mission of the Refuge System or the purposes of Squaw Creek NWR.
Copies of the Draft Compatibility Determination are available at the refuge Headquarters, Mound City Public Library, and online at http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Squaw_Creek/. Please review and provide your written comments by Wednesday, October 14,2015 to: Squaw Creek NWR, P.O. Box 158, Mound City, MO 64470, or by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, contact refuge staff at 660-442-3187.
Commercial Recording Memo and Commercial Recording CD.
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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.