Tag Archive: Wildlife Refuge

Jun 11

Top 10 National Wildlife Refuges


A visit to a National Wildlife Refuge is a great way to escape the summer crowds of America’s National Parks.  The wildlife refuges are often overlooked, but they can be scenic, filled with wildlife, have great hiking trails, and an excellent place to leave the crowds behind.  The great things about the National Wildlife Refuge …

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May 04

Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Black Bayou Lake

Karen and I are always looking for areas to go to see nature, and if it is free to visit then that is even better. We got the opportunity to see some of Americas natural places at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge.  Black Bayou Lake is just a short drive northeast of Monroe Louisiana …

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Apr 19

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge – New Mexico

Bosque del Apache

While driving from Albuquerque to Tucson Arizona I decided, on a whim, to stop by Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.  I had checked the weather the night before, and I saw that there was going to be strong winds the next day and knowing that I was going to be driving through a pretty …

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Jan 18

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge


The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge was created to help save and provide a place for some of the old-wests greatest symbols; the bison, elk, and the Texas long horn.  Mass hunting of the bison and later the elk decimated their numbers so much that by the early 1900’s 59,000 acres were set aside by President …

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Dec 27

Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge – Iowa

Tallgrass Prairie

A really interesting place to learn about the prairie is at the Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge just east of Des Moines.  While this is not the biggest Wildlife Refuge that Karen or I have ever been to they do have a state of the art learning center that explains what the prairie was and how …

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Dec 03

Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge – Missouri

Pelicans in Water

Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge is located in northwestern Missouri and is about 50 miles Northwest of St. Joseph.  It is one of the better wildlife refuges that Karen and I have ever been to.  The best time to go is in the fall or spring when the thousands of ducks and geese are passing …

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Nov 10

Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge – Maui

Sugar Beach

Kealia Pond was set up as a wildlife refuge in 1992 to help preserve one of the last natural wetlands in the Hawaiian Islands.  The wildlife refuge contains roughly 700 acres of prime coastal salt marsh habitat.  The refuge is home to 30 species of birds including waterfowl, shorebirds, and migratory ducks.  The condition of …

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