Springer Waterfowl Production Area

in Hamilton County
520x222 Springer Vicinity Maps

Recent Management: The Fish and Wildlife Service purchased the first tract in 1991, with the last purchase occurring in 1995. The property was completely farmed prior to acquisition. Beginning in 1997, the south 160 acres was reseeded with a high diversity of grasses, forbs, sedges and rushes. It was our office's first effort at applying high diversity seeding. Beginning in 1999 and frequently in following years, the seeded area was burned to encourage growth of the native warm-season grasses and forbs. The diversity is becoming established and the area is now a seed source for high-diversity seed harvest. A permanent, barbwire fence was constructed around the property to allow grazing. Livestock grazing is used to control the invasion of reed canarygrass.

The large, flat wetland provides excellent habitat for waterfowl and other water birds. A well and pump is located on the property and is used to provide water for spring and fall migration. An existing legal drainage tile and small portions of the wetland being in private ownership, keeps us from managing the wetland to its full potential. Small seedlings are controlled each year with herbicide.
 

 

Facts About Springer Waterfowl Production Area

Location: 6 miles west and 1 mile south of Aurora, Nebraska

Size: 640 acres: 397 acres of wetland, 243 acres of upland

GPS: N 40.850, W -98.131

PDF Map: Springer WPA