National Wildlife Refuge System
 

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There are more than 700 species of birds on National Wildlife Refuges. More than 200 refuges were created specifically to protect, manage and restore habitat for migratory birds.

You may find birding guides or checklists on individual refuge Web sites. The U.S. Geological Survey also keeps birding checklists for some refuges. A guide provides pictures and descriptions of birds; a checklist provides more detailed information, including the best time of year to see individual species.

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Featured Birds

Bald Eagle

Are you “eagle eyed?” You might have exceptional long distance vision by human standards, but unless you’re a super hero, you probably are not in the same league as eagles. READ MORE >>

Featured Refuges

Cape May National Wildlife Refuge, NJ

From songbirds to shorebirds, waterfowl to raptors and seabirds, Cape May in the fall is one of the most famous places in the United States to see resident and migrating birds. READ MORE >>

Featured Birds

Great Blue Heron

Often incorrectly called a crane, to which they are not related, or an egret, which is in the same family (rather like a second cousin), great blue herons are widely distributed throughout the continental United States. READ MORE >>

Featured Refuges

Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, TX

About an hour and a half north of Dallas – on the Big Mineral Arm of Lake Texoma - there are good bird watching opportunities in every season. READ MORE >>

Featured Birds

Peregrine Falcon

Up in the sky, look: It's a bird. It's a plane. It's Superman! No, we were right the first time. Definitely a bird, and most would agree it’s a super bird. Meet the peregrine falcon. READ MORE >>

Featured Refuges

San Luis National Wildlife Refuge, CA

Overlooking D Pool on Marshland Wildlife Drive, the loon observation deck is a good place to look for wildlife. READ MORE >>

Featured Birds

Wilson’s Phalarope

Phalaropes are sandpipers that forage on the water’s surface while swimming, often spinning in one spot. READ MORE >>

Featured Refuges

Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, TX

About an hour and a half north of Dallas – on the Big Mineral Arm of Lake Texoma - there are good bird watching opportunities in every season. READ MORE >>

Featured Birds

Black Swift

An enigmatic bird local to the western United States, the black swift is highly sought after by birders. READ MORE >>

Featured Refuges

San Luis National Wildlife Refuge, CA

Overlooking D Pool on Marshland Wildlife Drive, the loon observation deck is a good place to look for wildlife. READ MORE >>

Last updated: October 17, 2013