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About the Complex
Complex consists of Wheeler (1938), Sauta Cave (1978), Watercress Darter (1980), Fern Cave (1981), Key Cave (1997), Cahaba River (2002), and Mountain Longleaf (2003) National Wildlife Refuges.
Fern Cave is managed as part of the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
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About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
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Fern Cave is home to America's largest wintering colony of gray bats. A vast majority of these bats only hibernate in 8 different caves.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Mar 18, 2014