Monday, December 05, 2005

Snow Goose migration in full swing after late start

(image courtesy of US Fish & Wildlife Service)

Freezing temperatures and snow finally pushed thousands of snow geese south last week into wildlife refuges along the Missouri River in Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri. More than 30,000 snow geese arrived at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge near Missouri Valley, Iowa, over the last several days, said deputy refuge manager Mindy Sheets. “Yes, we finally got some in. They started coming in Wednesday and Thursday ... We hope we get more,” she said. Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge near Mound City, Mo., reported about 50,000 snow geese last week. “We’d like to see 200,000 to 300,000,” said refuge employee Jim Broker.

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