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Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge - Annada, Missouri
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member gparkes
N 39° 15.685 W 090° 48.224
15S E 689486 N 4348085
Quick Description: Clarence Cannon NWR was established in 1964 with funds from the purchase of migratory waterfowl stamps.
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 2/2/2011 6:38:00 PM
Waymark Code: WMANAQ
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Rayman
Views: 3

Long Description:
The Clarence Cannon Refuge - named for Clarence Cannon, a former Missouri congressman - is also the headquarters for the Great River NWR. The area was formerly part of an agricultural levee district, and all but a few hundred acres is encompassed by a levee. This NWR covering 3,750 acres of Mississippi River floodplain, was established to provide a feeding and resting area for migratory birds.

Over 2000 acres of this refuge are managed for wetland plant production. In addition to water control, the wetland management units are disced, burned, mowed and cropped to maintain a diversity of plants which provide excellent forage for migratory shorebirds, marsh birds and waterfowl. Over 400 acres on Clarence Cannon NWR are annually cropped by cooperative farmers. Corn, soybeans, winter wheat and clover are rotated through the crop fields and wetland management units to maintain diversity. The hardwood trees were severely impacted by the prolonged 1993 flooding. Over 80% of the pin oaks and hickories died, but some natural regeneration is occurring. Approximately 450 acres of bottomland forest remains.

Following the 1993 flood, an 800-foot spillway was cut into the Mississippi River levee on the southeast side of the refuge. The construction allows flood waters to enter the refuge more frequently. The spillway has provided increased connectivity to the river and temporary floodwater storage, which may help reduce downstream flooding on private lands.

The refuge has many visitors who come to observe over 200 species of migratory birds, including bald eagles, waterfowl, shorebirds and songbirds. Many birds also nest on the refuge including the king rail (a Missouri state endangered species) and a pair of bald eagles.

A managed deer hunt is conducted annually at Clarence Cannon. Fishing by boat is permitted in Bryant's Creek along the southern refuge boundary. Portions of the refuge are seasonally closed to public entry based on peak waterfowl migrations. Cuivre River State Park, located south of Clarence Cannon NWR, offers a variety of outdoor opportunities including hiking and camping.

* Information quoted from the National Wildlife Refuge webpage: (visit link)
Great River National Wildlife Refuge PO Box 88 Annada, MO 63330 Phone: (573) 847-2333

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