thumb|Squaw Creek ScenesSquaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge
is a National Wildlife Refuge
in northwestern Missouri
, established in 1935 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt
as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife.
The refuge comprises along the eastern edge of the Missouri River
floodplain south of Mound City, Missouri
in Holt County, Missouri
.The refuge is bounded by the Loess Hills
on the east with a trail going to the top built originally by the Civilian Conservation Corps
. The most dramatic moments at the refuge occur during the spring and fall migrations when hundreds of thousands of ducks and geese (particularly snow geese
) on the Central Flyway
pass through the refuge. As many as 475 bald eagles
have been sighted on the refuge in the winter. The refuge annually celebrates the eagle visits with "Eagle Days" celebrations.
The refuge derives its name from Squaw Creek, a stream originating about north in Nodaway County, Missouri
that is dammed to form the reservoirs. The creek is the larger of the two main creeks that feed the refuge and parallels the road on the west. Davis Creek, the next biggest creek, parallels the east side road. They merge with the Little Tarkio Creek just south of the refuge in a man made ditch
leading five miles (8 km) to the Missouri River.
The land which had always been wetlands
used by migratory foul had earlier been used as a private hunting preserve. Today ducks and geese are protected at the... Read More