Birding the Refuge

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Photo of King Rail © Tom Carlisle


The Refuge's bottomland hardwood forests, cypress-tupelo swamps, bayous, and freshwater marshes provide habitat for many species of birds. Neotropical migrants, Wood Ducks, Swallow-tailed and Mississippi Kites, American Bald Eagles, American Bittern, Roseate Spoonbills, pelicans, egrets, herons, hummingbirds, owls, ibis, and many other bird species find a home at the Refuge.

Franklin and Garden City Units: Watch for waterbirds and neotropical migrants in the cypress tupelo swamp and fresh water marsh habitats of these units.

Centerville Unit: This area is comprised of bottomland hardwood forest. Birds to look for include the Prothonotary Warbler, Indigo Buntings, and other neotropical migrants.

See what birds are being currently spotted and where by checking out the eBird Tracker below.