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Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge

Where else in Vermont can visitors find nesting Black Terns, a beautiful Silver Maple swamp, a White Oak floodplain forest, and summer skies alive with most of the state’s species of bats? Tucked into the northeastern corner of Lake Champlain, a stone’s throw from the Canadian border, Missisquoi is the only national wildlife refuge in Vermont. A canoe or kayak will enhance your visit, for this is a great place to see wetland animals and plants. If you are boat-less, walk the trails behind the headquarters building or scan the marshes and swamps from the roadside. American Beavers and Northern River Otters are common in the 6,000 acres here, as are several nesting heron species, including Great Blue Herons and American Bitterns. Fall waterfowl numbers usually peak at about 20,000.

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