The 24,149 acre Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge was established for the protection of migratory birds and other wildlife. It is located in Iowa and Illinois along the Mississippi River Flyway, one of the major routes for migrating waterfowl. Each year in the spring and fall hundreds, if not thousands, of geese and ducks utilize the refuge to rest and refuel on their migration. Common species include Canada geese, mallards, trumpeter swans, wood ducks, blue and green-winged teals, northern shovelers, hooded mergansers and other waterfowl. The river floodplains are important sites not only for migrating birds but year-round residents as well.
Port Louis National Wildlife Refuge near Wapello, Iowa is hiring Youth Conservation Corps crew members for the summer of 2023! Applicants must be 15-18 years of age and apply between March 1 and April 15, 2023.
Half a century ago, the bald eagle was in danger of extinction. Conservationists helped lead a remarkable recovery, and in 2007 the bald eagle was removed from the federal list of threatened and endangered species. This article touches on why the bald eagle inspires the awe and respect that it does.
This is one in a series of articles in which U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff members reflect on favorite photos they have taken at national wildlife refuges. It features wildlife biologist JESSICA BOLSER and Iowa's Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge.
The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service carefully manages trapping activities on national wildlife refuges to ensure that safe, effective practices are used, to ensure the sustainability of wildlife populations, and to protect refuge infrastructure. Trapping may be used as a wildlife management tool...
National wildlife refuges offer us all a chance to unplug from the stresses of daily life and reconnect with our natural surroundings. At Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge visitors can enjoy a variety of recreational opportunities including wildlife observation, photography, hunting, fishing, paddling, biking, skiing, snowshoeing and mushroom and berry picking.
Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge in Wapello, Iowa, has farming opportunities on 18 units in Benton and Iowa Counties for up to 3 years. The farming units range in size from approximately 2 acres to 32 acres.
Weather you enjoy birding, watching mammals or looking for reptiles and amphibians you will enjoy a trip to Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge. This special place is home to more than 270 species of birds, 35 species of amphibians, 60 species of reptiles, 100 species of fishes, 50 species of mammals and hundreds, if not thousands, of species of plants, fungi and insects.
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