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DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge-
Driftless Area National Wildlife Refuge-
Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge-
Union Slough National Wildlife Refuge-

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Description - The mission of these refuges and the Refuge System is to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management and where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.

Attractions - Iowa is home to four wildlife refuges: DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge,, Driftless Area National Wildlife Refuge, Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, and the Union Slough National Wildlife Refuge

Recreation - The primary outdoor activity offered in the wildlife refuges is the viewing of the birds and animals of the refuge. Some of the refuges offer hikes and interpretive tours.

Climate - Summers are sunny, hot and humid in eastern Iowa and winters are cold. Suggested attire includes comfortable sportswear and walking shoes.

Location - Maps and directions to each refuge are available at the pages describing each refuge. Detailed driving instructions and maps are available on the individual wildernet.com pages describing each refuge.


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Iowa - This mid western state is a leader in agriculture and livestock production with 95 percent of the prairie land cultivated, according to the National Geographic Society.

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