“The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant, "What good is it?" If the land mechanism as a whole is good, then every part is good, whether we understand it or not. If the biota, in the course of aeons, has built something we like but do not understand, then who but a fool would discard seemingly useless parts? To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering.” ― Aldo Leopold, Round River: From the Journals of Aldo Leopold
The swallow-tailed kite is perhaps the most adept and acrobatic flier of all the raptors. It can be seen soaring over the refuge from late February through late August, before returning to South America.
A medium sized raptor with distinguishing coloration and face. You may see crested caracaras intermixed with vultures feeding on roadside carrion. Learn More
Widely distributed throughout the eastern United States and Mexico, the northern bobwhite is economically one of North America’s most important game birds, especially in the southern and midwestern United States. To learn more about these small yet important birds, click here.
The only stork and the largest wading bird that breeds in the United States, the wood stork is a distinctive wetland bird found primarily in the Southeast. To learn more about these birds please click here.
One of North America’s most curious birds, the limpkin is singular in appearance and unusual in its diet, with extraordinary vocal habits and a restricted range in the United States. Learn more about this unique bird by clicking here.
Endemic to pine forests of the southeastern United States, and rarely seen far from pine-dominated areas, the brown-headed nuthatch is one of the few cooperatively-breeding birds native to North America, and one of the few for which tool use has been documented (individuals use chips of pine bark to pry off other bark chips while foraging). To learn more about this crafty bird click here.
Page Photo Credits Swallow-tailed site and crested caracara - © Larry W. Richardson, Wood storks - Larry W. Richardson/USFWS, Bobwhite pair - USFWS, Limpkin - USFWS/Southeast, Brown-headed Nuthatch - LesHoward
Last Updated: Nov 26, 2013