A smartphone snapping a photo of a bright yellow flower in a grassy field

Wildlife photography is a very popular activity on the refuge. Though all public access areas are available to photographers, the Liberty Loop Trail parking area is the most popular destination. Wintering raptors such as red-tailed hawk, rough-legged hawk, northern harrier and short-eared owl are very commonly sought and captured as subjects. In warmer months, great blue heron, green heron, indigo bunting and Eastern bluebirds are widely photographed in many areas. Butterflies, dragonflies and wildflowers can also be found and photographed throughout the refuge.