Three Rivers Outdoors

Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun January 31, 2016
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This whitetail doe was spotted along the auto-tour route in the Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge.

Driving tours

Wildlife refuge auto tours great for winter wildlife watching

On an overcast morning last month, with the temperature hovering around 25 degrees, I stopped at the information booth in the Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge, paid the $4 vehicle entrance fee and began my drive along the refuge’s 8-mile-long auto-tour route. I had gone only half a mile when I spotted a pair of bald eagles — a mottled juvenile and a white-headed adult — perched atop a snag on the bank of the Arkansas River. So close were they that, looking from my truck window with binoculars, I could see in detail their feathers, hooked beaks and sharp talons. It was an... READ MORE