White River National Wildlife Refuge
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White River Expansion Proposal: Benefits to Fish, Wildlife and Plants

Brown bat hanging in a cave

A brown bat. Photo: USFWS


Mallard on water

A mallard on water. Photo: USFWS

This proposal will provide additional habitat and facilitate increased management for a diversity of wildlife in the White River basin, including migratory and nesting waterfowl, Swallow-tailed Kite, shorebirds, colonial wading and water birds, and forest breeding and Neotropical migratory birds.

Resident birds and mammals such as Eastern Wild Turkey, American black bear, white-tailed deer, bats, numerous furbearers, and small mammals also will be benefitted. Additionally, this proposal will enhance conditions for numerous species of reptiles, amphibians, mussels and fish that inhabit the rivers, bayous, creeks, lakes, and other wetland areas.

Interior Least Terns, Ivory-billed Woodpeckers, Bald Eagles, Wood Storks, southeastern myotis bats, and Rafinesque’s big-eared bats, pink muckets, and fat pocketbooks are some of the rare, threatened, or endangered species known to occur in the White and Arkansas River Basins. Additionally, Piping Plovers and Pallid Sturgeon occur within the proposed expansion area.

Last updated: May 10, 2013