Date: 4/12/17 5:22 am From: David Griffin <birdingnm...> Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Harrison County 4.11.17
Paul (and all)
Regarding your comment about DeSoto NWR I checked out their website and copied this pertinent info:
"Public Use April 15-October 14: DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) public use areas open April 15 each year. The auto tour road will be open including portions that were closed during the migration periods. Visitors will be able to hike the nature trails, fish, boat, bird watch, etc. Canoes and kayaks are also a great way to enjoy the spring at the refuge.
Fishing and boating is permitted at DeSoto beginning on April 15. Anglers need either an Iowa or Nebraska license and are reminded that minimum length limits and creel limits are in effect. Trailered boats can be launched at Middle Boat Ramp; hand launch (only) is permitted at the Bertrand Discovery area. Refer to the refuge regulations brochure for fishing and boating regulations.
Mushroom gathering on the refuge for personal consumption only is permitted in the open areas of the refuge from April 15 to October 14. See the refuge regulations brochure, found at the entrance kiosks and visitor center, for the map.
DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge offers excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. A wide variety of migratory waterfowl, shorebirds, grassland birds, neotropical migrants, mammals and many others can be seen at the refuge. Look for wildlife from the DeSoto Visitor Center, from refuge roads and while hiking refuge trails. You will find the largest concentrations of migrating birds in the spring and fall."
Additionally, I believe the refuge had some planned Rx burns planned recently, which could mean additional (temporary) closures.
On Tue, Apr 11, 2017 at 9:57 PM, Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> wrote:
> Took an impromptu trip to Harrison County for a little exploration of > areas I have not spent much time in. Nothing spectacular but found 7 > Wilson Snipe during a very brief run through the NWR--Sad is that they have > almost everything closed off trails, viewing platforms, no mushroom hunting > or fishing until April 15th. Nothing at the feeders and very few waterfowl. > > Did see see all the expected icterids including 1 Great-tailed Grackle and > 3 Yellow-headed Blackbirds (2 group of the year for me). Ruby-crowned > Kinglet and Rusty were new county birds. > > Generally it was not a very birding day except for numerous mixed flocks > of blackbirds. Roy Lake had good numbers but only four species of > shorebirds. Lots of edge and mud for shorebirds if the we do not get too > much rain in the near future > > Fun day! > > God Bless, > > *Paul O. Roisen* > *Woodbury County, IA* > *Mobile 712-301-2817 <(712)%20301-2817>* > > -- > You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups > "IA-BIRD" group. > To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an > email to ia-bird+<unsubscribe...> > To post to this group, send email to <ia-bird...> > Visit this group at https://groups.google.com/group/ia-bird. > To view this discussion on the web visit https://groups.google.com/d/ > msgid/ia-bird/CAF5x8g5DrDnbAiW476bniQ41m80D%2BjRP1FP3dBVJOO1mZhrUOQ% > 40mail.gmail.com > <https://groups.google.com/d/msgid/ia-bird/CAF5x8g5DrDnbAiW476bniQ41m80D%<2BjRP1FP3dBVJOO1mZhrUOQ...>?utm_medium=email&utm_source=footer> > . > For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout. >