|Wood Duck Wildlife Management Area|
Wood Duck WMA contains a series of wetlands in old oxbows along the Elkhorn River. The wetland areas-cattail marshes surrounding open water-are mixed with cottonwood floodplain forest and grassy areas planted to native species and food plots. Waterfowl move into the area as the weather warms up...
Indian Cave State Park
|Description: Indian Cave State Park is an extension of the eastern deciduous forest more typical of places south and east of Nebraska; thus it features habitats and species that are unusual to the state. The landscape is typical of this part of the Missouri River-bluffs formed by wind-blown silt (loess); steep cuts to the Missouri River floodplain; and floodplain forest, marshes, and backwaters.|
Wildlife to Watch: The park offers excellent opportunities to view deer, wild turkeys, woodchucks, beavers, and raccoons. It also offers the rare opportunity to see gray squirrels in Nebraska. There are flying squirrels in the park but sightings are rare. You may hear bobcats. Indian Cave is also an excellent birding spot.
Of particular interest might be barred owls, tanagers, hairy and redheaded woodpeckers, and whip-poor-wills in spring and summer. The park is a good spot for black rat snakes (a rarity in other parts of Nebraska) and occasional timber rattlers.
Special Tips: Some of the trails are steep; check with the park office for trail information and unusual viewing opportunities.
Other Activities: Slowly driving the upper park roads at dawn is a reliable way to view deer and wild turkeys; along the lower roads near the river look for woodchucks and shorebirds. There are 20 miles of hiking trails that wind up and down through the park’s various habitats, offering the best opportunities for birding.
Size: 3000 acres
Closest Town: Shubert
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