Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge

Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge

Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge



Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge was established on August 23, 1935 as an Executive Order 7156 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as a refuge feeding and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife. The refuge includes 7,440 acres of wetlands, grasslands, and forests along the eastern edge of the Missouri River floodplain. Overlooking the refuge from the east, the Loess Hills habitat is a geological formation of fine silt deposited after the past glacial period. These unique hills stretch from about 30 miles south of St. Joseph, Missouri, to extreme northern Iowa. Some of the last parcels of native plants, remnants of a once vast native prairie, can be found here. The refuge was officially named one of America’s top 500 Globally Important Bird Areas by the National Audubon Society in 2001. The Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network designated Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge a “Site of Regional Importance” in 2007. Location and Directions Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge is located in northwest Missouri near Mound City. The refuge is 30 miles northwest of St. Joseph, Missouri, 100 miles north of Kansas City, Missouri, and 100 miles south of Omaha, Nebraska. Take Interstate 29 to Exit 79 just south of Mound City, Missouri then travel south 2 ½ miles on U.S. Highway 159.

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