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North Platte
National Wildlife Refuge

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115 Railway Street
Scottsbluff, NE   69631
E-mail: crescentlake@fws.gov
Phone Number: 308-635-7851
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  Wildlife and Habitat

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During spring and fall, a wide variety of shorebirds and passerines visit the Refuge as a stopover during migration.

In the summer months, breeding ducks and geese populate the lakes. More than 200,000 waterfowl may concentrate on the Refuge during fall migration. Raptors common to the Refuge include the bald eagle, great-horned owl, American kestrel, rough-legged hawk, golden eagle, red-tailed hawk, northern harrier, and osprey. As many as 20 bald eagles migrate through the Refuge, and the Lake Alice area has one of the oldest and most successful bald eagle nests in Nebraska.

Mammals found on the Refuge include the raccoon, striped skunk, coyote, red fox, black-tail prairie dog, badger, eastern fox squirrel, white-tailed deer, mule deer, and eastern cottontail. Bullsnake, western plains garter snake, and eastern yellow bellied racer are the most common reptiles. The northern leopard frog is the most common amphibian.

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