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Resource Management


 Many techniques are used by Refuge staff to monitor and manage wildlife and habitat. From aircraft, biologists check on the nesting success of bald eagles, great blue herons, and egrets. They also fly to count waterfowl during migration. Biologists capture and band wood ducks to learn about migration and population trends. Special studies look for answers to where tundra swans feed, when raptors migrate south, or which habitats are used by turtles, snakes and secretive marsh birds.

  • Habitat Restoration Projects

     The Habitat Restoration Enhancement Projects are funded through the US Army Corps of Engineers.

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  • Harper's Slough

    The Harper's Slough Islands Habitat Rehabilitation Project is a 2,200-acre Harper’s Slough backwater area in Allamakee County, Iowa, and is near Lynxville, Wisconsin.

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  • Capoli Slough

    The Capoli Slough Habitat Rehabilitation Project is located in the 2,000-acre Capoli Slough backwater across from Ferryville, WI, and approximately five miles below Lansing, IA. The site lies within the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge in Crawford County, Wisconsin.

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  • Tippy Lake, Stone Lake, Sunfish Lake and Kehough Slough

    This Mississippi River habitat project is located in the 300-acre Sunfish Lake backwater area approximately six miles north of Bellevue, Iowa.  

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  • Root River

     Habitat enhancement/restoration planning began in 2010 with the completion of a 
    hydrogeomorphic (HGM) evaluation of ecosystem restoration and management options,including recommendations for future management on the National Decorated Products, Inc. property (Heitmeyer and Larson, 2010).

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Last Updated: May 02, 2016
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