National Wildlife Refuge
|3720 Rivers Way
Ft. Calhoun, NE 68023
Phone Number: 402-468-4313
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|Wildflowers in bloom on a restored native prairie at Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge.|
Continued . . . These species represent a broad spectrum of birdlife, from resident game birds such as bobwhite quail, ring-necked pheasant, and wild turkey, to shorebirds, waterfowl, Neotropical migrants, resident songbirds, and raptors.
More than 30 species of mammals are found in the area, although habitat quality and quantity limit population sizes. Continued habitat restorations will benefit animals such as white-tailed deer, beaver, muskrat, mink, coyotes, fox, and raccoons, as well as smaller mammal species.
Due to fragmentation, the available habitat for reptile and amphibian species is limited; however, restored aquatic and upland habitats could provide homes for 26 species of reptiles and 15 species of amphibians. Common reptile species include snapping turtles, false map turtles, soft-shell turtles, bull snakes, water snakes, and garter snakes. Common amphibian species include spadefoot toads and leopard frogs.
More than 80 species of fish were historically present in the Missouri River's main channel, oxbows, chutes, backwaters, and associated tributary streams and wetlands. The majority of these species are still present in the Lower Missouri, but in greatly reduced numbers and in limited areas of the river. Presently, the restoration of Boyer Chute has provided additional habitat for game fish such as channel, blue, and flathead catfish; walleye; sauger; bass; panfish; and drum.
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