Friday, June 25, 2010

Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge  This was once a lake but due to some diseases, algae, and other problems, it had to be closed.  It was then turned into a wildlife refuge for deer, coyotes, all types of birds including turkey, quail, pheasant.  We have not been since it was made a refuge and decided to take the boys and go check it out early one morning.  It was a wet, overcast morning.  Perfect!  Not hot!

On the way to Umbarger (turnoff to the refuge) we saw a rainbow.  It was faint, very faint, but there it was. 

06-24-10 sky 4 06-24-10 sky 2So we got to the refuge about 7:45.  Ross wanted to get there early!  He would have left at 6:00 a.m. if I had agreed.  Next time we will check the hours out before we take off willy nilly!  Gates did not open until 8:00 a.m.!!

Right off the bat we saw deer.  Now, I am sorry, but I really thought what we saw were mule deer.  Ross thought they were white tail.  After Googling, I still think they were mule deer.06-24-10 Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge 02Red winged blackbirds – and lots of doves and other birds.06-24-10 Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge 07   Wild turkeys.06-24-10 Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge 06And the vultures…06-24-10 Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge 42And tiny little snails all over the place.  Strange looking.  Never saw these kind.06-24-10 Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge 3406-24-10 Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge 33 06-24-10 Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge 35It really was gorgeous down there.  And the slight mist and low temperatures made it really nice for walking around.06-24-10 Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge 4406-24-10 Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge 1106-24-10 Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge 15 06-24-10 Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge 1606-24-10 Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge 17 06-24-10 Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge 31    06-24-10 Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge 43 06-24-10 Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge 04We did not realize there was camping down there.  No utilities of course but there is a water faucet.  We may go down sometime and spend the night.  No campfires however.06-24-10 Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge 03The boys really enjoyed hiking around and even wanted to go to the top of a “mountain”.  It was a really fun day.06-24-10 Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge 13 06-24-10 Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge 24 06-24-10 Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge 50 06-24-10 Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge 52 06-24-10 Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge 53 06-24-10 Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge 54 06-24-10 Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge 5606-24-10 Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge 5706-24-10 Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge 58We came home, bought the boys a few fireworks, and let them play the afternoon away.06-24-10 Fireworks 1 06-24-10 Fireworks 2 06-24-10 Fireworks 3 06-24-10 Fireworks 4 06-24-10 Fireworks 5 06-24-10 Fireworks 6 Can you tell, Zane hates the noise but loves to pop them!

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Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge  This was once a lake but due to some diseases, algae, and other problems, it had to be closed.  It was then turned into a wildlife refuge for deer, coyotes, all types of birds including turkey, quail, pheasant.  We have not been since it was made a refuge and decided to take the boys and go check it out early one morning.  It was a wet, overcast morning.  Perfect!  Not hot!

On the way to Umbarger (turnoff to the refuge) we saw a rainbow.  It was faint, very faint, but there it was. 

06-24-10 sky 4 06-24-10 sky 2So we got to the refuge about 7:45.  Ross wanted to get there early!  He would have left at 6:00 a.m. if I had agreed.  Next time we will check the hours out before we take off willy nilly!  Gates did not open until 8:00 a.m.!!

Right off the bat we saw deer.  Now, I am sorry, but I really thought what we saw were mule deer.  Ross thought they were white tail.  After Googling, I still think they were mule deer.06-24-10 Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge 02Red winged blackbirds – and lots of doves and other birds.06-24-10 Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge 07   Wild turkeys.06-24-10 Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge 06And the vultures…06-24-10 Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge 42And tiny little snails all over the place.  Strange looking.  Never saw these kind.06-24-10 Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge 3406-24-10 Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge 33 06-24-10 Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge 35It really was gorgeous down there.  And the slight mist and low temperatures made it really nice for walking around.06-24-10 Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge 4406-24-10 Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge 1106-24-10 Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge 15 06-24-10 Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge 1606-24-10 Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge 17 06-24-10 Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge 31    06-24-10 Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge 43 06-24-10 Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge 04We did not realize there was camping down there.  No utilities of course but there is a water faucet.  We may go down sometime and spend the night.  No campfires however.06-24-10 Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge 03The boys really enjoyed hiking around and even wanted to go to the top of a “mountain”.  It was a really fun day.06-24-10 Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge 13 06-24-10 Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge 24 06-24-10 Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge 50 06-24-10 Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge 52 06-24-10 Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge 53 06-24-10 Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge 54 06-24-10 Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge 5606-24-10 Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge 5706-24-10 Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge 58We came home, bought the boys a few fireworks, and let them play the afternoon away.06-24-10 Fireworks 1 06-24-10 Fireworks 2 06-24-10 Fireworks 3 06-24-10 Fireworks 4 06-24-10 Fireworks 5 06-24-10 Fireworks 6 Can you tell, Zane hates the noise but loves to pop them!

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