Snow geese

Loess Bluffs Na­tional Wildlife Refuge, Mis­souri

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - November -

In au­tumn, mi­grat­ing snow geese – some­times hun­dreds of thou­sands – flock to the refuge, turn­ing the wet­land white. They stop by at Loess Bluffs be­fore head­ing south to over­win­ter­ing sites around the Gulf of Mex­ico. Set up in 1935 as a refuge and breed­ing ground for mi­gra­tory birds, the area be­comes packed with wa­ter­fowl – weekly bird counts dur­ing the peak of mi­gra­tion act as proof. Ar­rive in late Novem­ber and you are highly likely to catch an­other star at­trac­tion: bald ea­gles – 300 or so mi­grate to the refuge by late au­tumn.

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