Wildlife & Habitat
Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge includes 16,000 acres along the Lower Cache River protecting remnants of bald cypress-water tupelo swamps, oak barrens and vast stands of bottomland hardwood forests. The refuge is an important resting, nesting and feeding habitat for waterfowl and a diversity of other migratory and wading birds. The refuge also harbors nearly 230 species of migratory waterfowl, wading birds and song-birds during migration.
A migratory bird, breeds and nests throughout in tree cavities over water and eat insects. Prothonotary warblers are a good indicator of healthy bottomland forests and the success of restoration efforts in the Cache River Watershed.
The federally endangered Indiana bat is one of many bat species that call the refuge their home. Biologists at Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge have been studying this species in hopes to better understand population densities on the refuge.
Bird-voiced Tree Frog
With such diversity the refuge provides a home to 19 different frog and toad species, including the state threatened bird-voiced tree frog and Illinois chorus frog.
Page Photo Credits Prothonotary Warbler by Stoil Ivanov, Indiana Bat by Justin Boyles, Birds Flying in Marsh by Jan Sunberg, Bird-voiced Tree Frog by Erik Williams
Last Updated: Mar 09, 2012