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Port Louisa
National Wildlife Refuge

male wood duck
10728 County Rd X61
Wapello, IA   52653
E-mail: portlouisa@fws.gov
Phone Number: 319-523-6982
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Port Louisa Refuge provides resting and feeding habitat for migratory waterfowl, such as wood ducks.
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  Wildlife and Habitat

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Each spring and fall for thousands of years, the Mississippi River corridor has served as an important migration route for millions of ducks, geese, shorebirds, songbirds, hawks, and gulls. Waterfowl provide spectacular seasonal flights with thousands of mallards, pintail, widgeon, blue- and green-winged teal, scaup, shoveler, gadwall, canvasback, Canada geese, and snow geese common on the refuge. The brightly colored wood duck is one of the few ducks known to nest on the refuge.

Some of the largest wintering concentrations of bald eagles in the contiguous 48 states are found along the river. Over 500 of these majestic birds have been counted on and near the refuge as they gather to feed in open water areas. The eagles usually begin to arrive in October and stay until early spring. Some adult eagle pairs remain through the year to nest and raise young on or near the refuge.

Other birds as varied as the wild turkey, bobwhite, belted kingfisher, cardinal, red-headed woodpecker, and great-horned owl can be seen all year. A variety of wildlife, including deer, squirrels, raccoons, opossums, foxes, muskrats, beavers, fish, frogs, turtles, lizards, and snakes also live on the refuge.

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