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Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge sanctuary period ends Feb. 1

January 06, 2012 at 03:13 PM

Prairie State Outdoors

The seasonal sanctuary period for Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge will end on Feb. 1 to coincide with the conclusion of the central zone dark goose hunting season.

The Chautauqua National WIldlife Refuge, part of the Illinois River National WIldlife and Fish Refuges, is located north of Havana on the Illinois River.

The South Pool boat ramp will open Feb. 1.

The crossdike and perimeter levees surrounding both pools also will be open for public access.

The North Pool boat ramp will remain closed due to shallow water following the drawdown that occurred in 2011.

The refuge is attempting to initiate and establish submerged aquatic plants within the North Pool in 2012.

These plants produce seeds and tubers and also provide a substrate for aquatic invertebrates.

The seeds, tubers and invertebrates are important food sources for migratory birds that traditionally use floodplain wetlands along the Illinois River corridor.

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