March 17, 2014 |
By: Associated Press
Squaw Creek Geese
More than a million snow geese have been counted at a
Squaw Creek Wildlife refuge near Mound City in an annual spectacle that pumps much-needed revenue
into the area's economy.
Wildlife biologist Darrin Welchert says he counted only two geese at the refuge
on March 5, but two days later after the weather turned warmer that number
rose to 750,000 and later hit 1.2 million.
A 2013 Fish and Wildlife Service report estimates nearly 300,000 tourists come
to the refuge each year to see the geese, adding about $2.6 million to the
economies of Holt County and nearby Buchanan County.