Plains NWR was established as a breeding ground and feeding area
for migratory birds, primarily waterfowl. The refuge is also home
to many other mammals, plants, amphibians, reptiles, fish and
As a major
migration rest area for hundreds of thousands of birds during
spring, summer, and fall, the Salt Plains protects and manages
a diversity of habitat. Migrants feed on the salt brine flies
that hatch when water is available. Peak fall and spring migration
of ducks, geese, and sandhill cranes on the refuge can number
nearly 100,000 birds.
You are requested to report sightings of species not on our checklist
or if they are listed as rare or accidental.
of birds and mammals are found on the refuge year round. Species
such as the white-tailed deer, bobwhite quail, and the cardinal
are likely to be observed anytime.
July 30, 2007
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