Eagle Days upcoming at Squaw Creek refuge

MOUND CITY, Mo. (AP) — Thousands of migrating birds have been showing up at the Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge in northwest Missouri.

The state Conservation Department says the marshes are teeming with about 200,000 snow geese, as well as ducks and flocks of pelicans. There are also a few dozen bald eagles using the area in time for the refuge's 33rd annual Eagle Days on Dec. 3-4.

Squaw Creek refuge manager Ron Bell said the migration has been unusually late this year, and he was concerned the snow geese wouldn't make it in time for Eagle Days. But Bell says the birds began arriving last weekend.

All Eagle Days activities are free and include guided bus tours of the refuge, which is about 30 miles north of St. Joseph.

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