National Wildlife Refuge
|643 Wildlife Road
Dover, TN 37058
Phone Number: 931-232-7477
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|Mallards and American blacks ducks take flight on Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge.|
Continued . . . The diversity of habitats enables a variety of wildlife species to make the refuge their home either the entire year, during the winter months as many waterfowl do, or during temporary stopovers as do some migratory songbirds. Over 250 bird species have been observed on the refuge. Up to 230 species of mammals, fish, reptiles, and amphibians may use the refuge for part or all of their life cycle.
Wildlife that may be seen throughout the year include white-tailed deer, gray and fox squirrel, beaver, wild turkey, great blue heron, raccoon, muskrat, groundhog, numerous songbird species, raptors, wading birds, reptiles and amphibians. The bald eagle, now a threatened species, has made a notable recovery in the area. Successful nesting on the refuge and in the surrounding vicinity has resulted in young eaglets hatched yearly since 1983. Endangered species such as the least tern and Indiana bat may be seen on occasion.
In the winter, large numbers of ducks may be seen in the pools and flooded fields. Puddle ducks include mallard, gadwall, black duck, wigeon, pintail, wood duck and blue-winged teal. Diving ducks that frequent deep water like Elk Reservoir and South Cross Creek Reservoir are ring-neck, canvasback, scaup, hooded merganser and ruddy duck. Flocks of Canada geese may be seen with the ducks or feeding in crop stubble or winter wheat. The refuge is one of only three southeastern National Wildlife Refuges that provide critical wintering habitat for the declining Southern James Bay Canada goose population.
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