The staff of the refuge has responsibilities to ensure public safety and to
protect natural and cultural resources. Some refuge staff members are
federally-trained refuge officers. To facilitate patrols, officers normally use
aircraft and boats to monitor recreational activities in the summer and fall and
subsistence hunting and fishing. Most illegal incidents are brought to our
attention through reports from the public.
Refuge officers primarily focus on compliance with wildlife laws (state and
federal). However, citations are issued for non-wildlife violations such as
littering, trespass of cabins, and the destruction of government property. All
visitors to the refuge are encouraged to know the rules before using refuge
resources. Following are several sites that pertain to various laws, rules and
Please contact the refuge if you have
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More than 150 species of birds dominate the landscape during spring and summer.magnitude greater than that of other vireos.