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Missouri
Northwest Region
Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge
SQUAW CREEK NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
SQUAW CREEK NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
Highway 159 South
Mound City, Missouri   64470

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Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge
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Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge

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Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge

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Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge

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Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge

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Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge
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Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge is located in northwestern Missouri within the historic Missouri River floodplain. The 7,350-acre refuge was established in 1935 as a resting, feeding, and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife. Many of the original facilities were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Works Progress Administration in the late 1930s.

The principal refuge habitats are seasonal and semipermanent wetlands, native warm and cool season grasslands, woodlands, and croplands. The refuge includes loess bluff hills, unusual geologic formations caused by wind-deposited soil, where remnants of the once-vast native prairie still exist.

Squaw Creek is best known for its large concentrations of snow geese, other waterfowl, and bald eagles. The refuge is a major stop-over for waterfowl, with more than one-half million birds in the fall and lesser, but still spectacular, numbers in the spring. The refuge is within the Mississippi Flyway.

Because the refuge contains a diversity of habitats, many wildlife species use Squaw Creek, including approximately 309 species of birds, 33 species of mammals, and 35 species of reptiles and amphibians. Federally listed threatened and endangered species sighted recently include peregrine falcon, piping plover, least tern, and bald eagle. There are a number of Missouri State endangered and threatened species on the refuge, including the Eastern massasauga rattlesnake.

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February 28 A cool place to visit even in the winter by Rich
I took a visit on February 28th. The sky was overcast and cloudy. I wish I had a telephoto lens on my camera to get a shot of the bald eagles.
February 23 A wonderful day trip into a wetland by Stephen and Annette
Thoousands of Geese, a hundred or so of Eagles, Ducks of many kinds, deer, and much more to be viewed from your car on a driving tour. We take the grand kids to view Eagele Days in January. The rest of the year a day trip to get out and take pictures. A state park is nearby to camp (or stayt at a cabin). Great restraunt. Stephen and Annette from St. Joseph, Missouri


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The refuge is located five miles south of Mound City, MO, and 30 miles north of St. Joseph, MO, just off of Interstate 29. Take exit 79, and drive 3 miles west on highway 159.

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Missouri
Northwest Region
Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge
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