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Erie
National Wildlife Refuge


11296 Wood Duck Lane
Guy Mills, PA   16327
E-mail: fw5rw_ernwr@fws.gov
Phone Number: 814-789-3585
Visit the Refuge's Web Site:
http://www.fws.gov/refuge/erie/
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  Wildlife and Habitat

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Among the diverse habitat types found on the refuge are wetlands and swamps, beaver ponds, man-made impoundments, marshlands, wet meadows and creeks interspersed by wooded slopes, croplands and grasslands.

Waterfowl enthusiasts may readily see Canada geese, wood ducks, mallards, blue-winged teal and hooded mergansers. Some less numerous migrants are pintail, green-winged teal, American wigeon, scaup, bufflehead, golden-eye, ring-necked ducks and black ducks.

Wood ducks are the most prolific waterfowl nesters on the refuge. Their annual production is significantly increased by the placement of nesting boxes on refuge wetlands. Hooded mergansers, mallards, blue-winged teal and Canada geese are other common resident nesting waterfowl.

There are three American bald eagle nests on the refuge and osprey visit the area in search of food. Red-tailed hawks and American kestrels are common raptors that also nest here.

The most noticeable marsh birds on the refuge are great blue herons. However, during the summer and fall, shorebirds such as sandpipers and yellowlegs appear in small flocks, feeding on the mudflats.

Other birds common to the area are grouse, killdeer, woodcock, doves, cuckoo, owls, swifts, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, flycatchers, swallows, jays, crows, nuthatches, wrens, thrushes, waxwing, vireos, warblers, tanagers, sparrows, blackbirds, and finches.

A detailed refuge bird brochure may be obtained from the refuge office.

Mammals

Some 47 species of mammals are present on the refuge. The most commonly seen are white-tailed deer, beaver, muskrat, red fox, raccoon, opossum, woodchuck, the eastern cottontail and several species of squirrel.

Fish

Common warm water fish occurring in refuge waters include black crappie, yellow perch, largemouth bass, bluegills, sunfish and bullheads. Common cold water species include trout and white suckers, found in Woodcock Creek.

Amphibians/Reptiles

The refuge is home to 37 species of amphibians and reptiles including salamanders, toads, frogs, non-poisonous snakes and turtles.


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