The wetland and tallgrass prairie habitats of Union Slough National Wildlife Refuge provide excellent opportunities for wildlife observation. Trumpeter swans, mallards, blue-winged teal, wood-ducks, and Canada geese can easily be seen from the refuge’s observation platform located near the office. A four mile auto tour route, open in late summer and for special events, traverses rolling tallgrass prairie and winds along the shoreline of Union Slough, providing outstanding views of shorebirds, waterbirds, grassland birds, and waterfowl. Bobolinks, lesser yellowlegs, bald eagles and great blue herons area commonly seen along the auto tour route. Buffalo Creek Bottoms, or the South Unit, is open for hiking and snowshoeing, providing other ways to observe wildlife. Inquire at the refuge office for more information about these or other wildlife viewing opportunities.