Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge is home to many species of wildlife including more 300 species of birds, 30 types of mammals, and over 40 species of reptiles and amphibians. Whether you are hiking a trail or driving the Auto Tour route, wildlife viewing opportunities are plentiful. Wildlife viewing areas exist throughout the refuge including several spotting scopes along the auto tour and hiking trails, an observation platform overlooking Eagle Pool, and a tower at the end of the Eagle Overlook Trail.
Each spring and fall, northwest Missouri is visited by thousands of ducks and geese stopping to rest and fuel their bodies for the seasonal migration between northern breeding grounds and southern wintering areas. Watch for bald eagles, hawks, white-tailed deer, muskrats, waterfowl, and more along the auto tour route. During the summer the refuge is abuzz with butterflies, turtles, snakes, frogs, and various birds. Don't forget your binoculars!