|Big Muddy National Fish & Wildlife Refuge|
The Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge is growing. Established in 1994, the refuge has grown to over 11,000 acres. Like pearls on a string, these acres are spread out as individual units along the Missouri River between Kansas City and St. Louis. These pearls of habitat benefit floodplai...
Great River National Wildlife Refuge
|Description: The Great River National Wildlife Refuge protects approximately 11,600 acres along 120 miles of the Mississippi River, stretching north of St. Louis, Missouri. Three separate units are located in the floodplain, on both the Illinois and Missouri sides of the river.|
Wildlife to Watch: In 1998, the Great River Refuge was designated as a globally important bird area, due to its value to shorebirds, songbirds, and waterfowl. The refuge's proximity to St. Louis provides excellent educational opportunities to a large population.
There are more than 50 mammal species found in the Upper Mississippi River corridor. One, the Indiana bat, is a federally-listed endangered species that spends the winter hibernating in caves in Indiana, Kentucky, and Missouri. In the spring and summer, Indiana bats leave their caves, sometimes flying hundreds of miles to roost and raise their young under the loose bark of dead and dying trees.
Special Tips: The auto tour route at Clarence Cannon Refuge offers opportunities to view and photograph wildlife.
Ownership: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Size: 11,600 acres
Closest Town: Annada
Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing: