As the fall migration gets underway DeSoto and Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuges are celebrating National Wildlife Refuge Week on October 13-20.
National Wildlife Refuge Week kicks off with the “Last Chance Fishing Clinic” on Saturday, October 13 at DeSoto Refuge at the South Gate Recreation Area. DeSoto Lake closes for the season on October 15th. Rods and bait provided, or bring your own. Kid’s younger than 16 can fish without a license, fishing license requirements for Nebraska and Iowa residents’ age 16 years and older still apply.
Admission at DeSoto Refuge is free on Sunday, October 14. A partial road closure and the closure of DeSoto Lake will be in effect from October 15-April 14. The purpose of the road closure is to reduce potential disturbance to waterfowl that use DeSoto Lake and refuge wetlands as a stopover area during the fall and spring migrations.
Fall brings the bird migration to DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge. Special fall migration activities are scheduled on Saturdays, October 13, 27 and November 3, 10 and 24. Spotting scope station will be available to help visitors get a better view of the visiting birds. Kid’s activities and a scale model nest photo opportunities will be available at the DeSoto Visitor Center.
The Friends Group of Boyer Chute and DeSoto National Wildlife Refuges will have their annual meeting at the visitor's center, on November 11 at 1:00.
The Art of the Wild Show and Sale is scheduled for November 17-18 at the DeSoto Visitor Center. This annual event returns featuring local artists. On both Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. a special program by Ty Smedes called “The Return of Iowa’s Bald Eagle” will be presented at the auditorium at the visitor center.
On December 9, Refuge Ranger Barb will share bird feeding tips. Meet at the DeSoto Visitor Center at 1:30 p.m.
The refuge roads and trails of DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge will be closed the weekends of October 20-21, December 8-9 and January 12-13, 2013 for deer hunts. The visitor center will remain open to the public during the hunts.
An entrance permit is required for all vehicles on days other than fee free days at DeSoto Refuge. The regular daily entrance fee for private vehicles is $3.00. Permits may be obtained at the pay stations near the entrances or at the Visitor Center. The charge for commercial vans and buses is $20, or $30 if 21 or more people are aboard. Annual permits, including the $15 DeSoto Refuge Pass, can be obtained at the visitor center.
DeSoto & Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuges are located north of Omaha, Nebraska along on U.S. Highway 30 between Missouri Valley, Iowa and along U.S. Highway 75 near Ft. Calhoun, Nebraska. For more information contact 712/388-4800 or email the refuge at firstname.lastname@example.org.