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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Sunkhaze Meadows is best-known for the numerous species of neotropical migratory birds, especially warblers, which delight birdwatchers in May and June. In fact, all 24 species of warblers that visit Maine each year may be found within the refuge.