|Silvio O. Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge|
Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge was established in 1997 to conserve, protect and enhance the abundance and diversity of native plant, fish and wildlife species and the ecosystems on which they depend throughout the 7.2 million acre Connecticut River watershed. The watershed cove...
Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge
|Description: The refuge consists of quiet waters and wetlands which attract large flocks of migratory birds. Upland areas of the refuge are a mix of open fields and a hardwood forest of American elm, white ash, white oak, silver and red maple. Both of these areas provide habitat for migratory songbirds, resident mammals and other wildlife.|
Wildlife to Watch: Refuge trails provide good opportunities for wildlife observation and photography as the trails pass through a variety of habitats. You may see red fox, white-tailed deer, an assortment of birds, beautiful native wildflowers and a wide variety of other wildlife species. Refuge trails are open for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Another great way to see the refuge is to climb into your canoe, kayak, or boat and paddle an 11 mile loop, down the Missisquoi River, past Shad Island, then southeast along the shores of Gander and Goose Bays. Continue up Dead Creek to the Missisquoi River and back downstream to your launching point. Before launching, check with refuge headquarters for current boating conditions.
Special Tips: Paddling down the Missisquoi River is an adventure in itself, but an added treat awaits you where the river empties into Lake Champlain. Shad Island is home to the largest great blue heron rookery in Vermont.
Ownership: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Size: 6642 acres
Closest Town: Swanton
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