Meredosia National Wildlife Refuge

Jacksonville, Illinois 62651

Meredosia National Wildlife Refuge

Meredosia National Wildlife Refuge Professional Review and Guide

"Standing at the main parking lot at Meredosia National Wildlife Refuge, you are less than 1 mile from sandy scrub grassland, open water, shorebird flats, savanna, and floodplain forest. These habitats provide respite for thousands of dabbling ducks plucking aquatic delicacies from flooded fields, dozens of Eurasian Tree Sparrows feeding in the shrubs, and hundreds of migrating American White Pelicans. The backwater lake dominates the area, attracting birders, commercial fishermen, and hunters. Birders compiled a list of more than 200 species, and have often observed 100 species in a single day during migration.

Key birds: Migratory waterfowl, including American White Pelican, migratory shorebirds and sparrows; breeding Double-crested Cormorant, floodplain forest birds, and Lark Sparrow; wintering Bald Eagle; Eurasian Tree Sparrow (year-round). This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, and helpful general information."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Several options
Trail Type
Year-round, with different species in different seasons
Best Times
Lake Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge
Local Contacts
DeLorme Illinois Atlas and Gazetteer
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018