Sneak-A-Peek at Swan Lake

| February 8, 2013
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A special sneak-a peek event is scheduled for Saturday at Swan Lake in Sumner.  Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross talk to Biological Technician Caroline Ward:

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The annual program welcomes visitors to the sanctuary prior to their regular opening day.  “We allow people to come into the refuge and drive around to see what wildlife we have here, “said Ward, “Generally, that includes Snow Geese, Canada Geese, ducks, and lots of bald eagles.  We have a lot of visitors during the winter who want to see the waterfowl and this is our chance to allow that during the migration time.”

The gates will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and activities will be offered throughout that time.  “We will have the Grand River Audubon Society stationed throughout the refuge with spotting scopes at areas where there are birds, “said Ward, “We will also have an interactive map in the refuge so people can come in and put pins where they see cool creatures like deer, eagles, or waterfowl.”

The refuge will open for their regular season in March.

Press Release:

Sneak on out to Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge on February 9th for a
peek at the Refuge sanctuary in the winter time, before the Refuge gates
officially open in March. The gates will open at 10 am and close at 5 pm on
Saturday February 9th. Lots of wildlife viewing opportunities are
available at this time of year when Snow Goose and Bald Eagle
concentrations can sometimes be at their highest on the Refuge.

Tour the Refuge and stop by the Visitor’s Center to get maps and details of
what areas are open and when you leave be sure to stop by and report the
location of eagles, snow geese, and any other interesting species on the
large interactive map! There will also be a photo competition throughout
the day; we had over 30 photos in the contest last year. Each participant
will be able to submit up 4 photos of refuge wildlife, landscapes, or
visitors that they took with their own camera while out on Swan Lake for
the Sneak-a-Peek. The camera needs to have a removable SD or SDHC card that
the refuge staff can download pictures from. The photos will be printed out
and put on display in the Visitor’s Center until the Swing the Gates
celebration on March 2nd. They will also be posted online on the Swan Lake
NWR Facebook page ( The winner will
be determined at the Swing the Gates ceremony by popular vote during the
day and likes on the Facebook page and will receive a $25 gift certificate
to the Friends of Swan Lake gift shop.

Other activities during the Sneak-a-Peek include climbing up the viewing
tower, hiking the nature trail to the observation deck overlooking Swan
Lake, and driving around the auto-tour route to where members of the Grand
River Audubon Society will have viewing scopes set up. We look forward to
seeing you out to Swan Lake NWR early this year to see unique wildlife in
astounding numbers during the peak of snow goose migration!

Swan Lake NWR is located one mile south of Sumner, MO and managed by the US
Fish and Wildlife Service as a unit of the National Wildlife Refuge
System. The USFWS is the principal federal agency responsible for
conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their
habitats for continuing benefit of the American people.


Steve Whitson
Refuge Manager
Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge
16194 Swan lake Ave.
Sumner, MO 64681
(660) 856-3323 ext. 13
Swan Lake Facebook Page <>

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