Refuge employees and volunteers conduct surveys of refuge plants and wildlife in an effort to determine species present and to monitor the status of known plant and animal populations. Specific surveys include those for frogs, toads and salamanders (anurans), marsh birds, and American woodcock. Regular plant surveys are also conducted on refuge lands. Information collected is entered into national databases and assists in management of these species on a national level.
A local support group, the Friends of Sunkhaze Meadows, works closely with refuge staff to conduct biological surveys, maintain refuge facilities, and to educate local residents and refuge visitors about refuge lands and resources. This group maintains a website at www.Sunkhaze.org.
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Most of Carlton Pond Waterfowl Production Area is a shallow freshwater pond formed by an earthen dam. Pond waters attract many species of water birds, including common loons, great blue herons, wood ducks, American black ducks, pintails, blue and green-winged teal, cormorants, and others.