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Oxbow Lakes
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We visit an Oxbow Lake in Montana, a great habitat left by a meandering river.


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You’ll find an oxbow lake, rich with birdlife, at Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Montana. The lake was initially a meander in the Missouri River, left when the river took a short cut; the abandoned loop became Lake Bowdoin. Large numbers of Ring-billed, Franklin’s and California gulls, White Pelicans, Double-crested Cormorants, and White-faced Ibises breed on an island in the middle of the lake – and thereby avoid mammalian predators. And not only is Bowdoin a national wildlife refuge, but it’s also a Globally Important Bird Area and a Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network site!

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