Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge


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Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge

Address:c/o Illinois River NWFR
19031 E County Rd 2110N
Havana, IL 62644

Phone:309-535-2290
Fax:309-535-3023
Web: www.fws.gov/midwest/emiquon
Established: 1993.
Location:At the confluence of the Spoon River and Illinois River, southwest of Peoria.
Facilities:Viewing sites (é), hiking trail, boat launch.
Activities:Boating, canoeing, fishing, hunting, hiking, environmental educational programs.
Special Features:When restored, Emiquon will provide habitat for migratory birds, fish and wildlife. An additional 1,100 acres will be retianed for agricultural crops for wildlife.
Habitats: 1,305 acres, a mix of backwater lakes, bottomland forests, and floodplain wetlands with a small amount of upland forest. When land acquisitions are complete, refuge will comprise more than 11,122 acres.
Access: Daylight hours.
Wild life: Migratory waterfowl.

See other parks in Illinois.
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The purpose of this study was to determine the diet composition of river otters in the restored habitats present at the United States Fish and Wildlife Service's (USFWS) Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge and The Nature Conservancy's Emiquon Preserve.
Research was conducted at the Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge (40[degrees]20'05"N, 90[degrees]05'53"W) and the Emiquon Preserve (40[degrees]20'38"N, 90[degrees]04'17"W) located near Havana and Lewistown along the Illinois River in Fulton County, Illinois (Fig.
30, 2011 the Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge and the Emiquon Preserve were surveyed weekly by foot and all-terrain vehicle in search of river otter latrines, scat, and other signs of otter activity.
A few deceased crayfish from unknown causes were also found at the Wilder Tract of the Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge and these specimens were identified as Orconectes immunis.
It is unknown exactly where otters were consuming prey due to their ability to move long distances (Melquist and Hornocker, 1983), but the fact that most of the latrine activity occurred around the South Globe of the Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge rather than the Emiquon Preserve suggests the possibility there were habitat conditions that were beneficial to otters.
The shallow waters at the South Globe of the Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge appear to be providing ideal conditions for river otters to consume large amounts of smaller-sized fish.
The human alterations to the landscape at the Emiquon Preserve and Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge may be a large determinant in where otters are consuming prey and choosing latrine sites due to the levees that perhaps provide habitats similar to those a beaver would create.