Wildlife & Habitat


Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge Gibbstown Unit was established to preserve and protect wintering waterfowl and their habitats. It was the first refuge established under the auspices of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. The refuge is located approximately 25 miles southeast of Lake Charles, Louisiana, in north central Cameron Parish. It contains 9,621 acres that include fresh marsh, coastal prairie, and old rice fields (currently moist soil units). Located at the convergence of two major flyways, the refuge has an important role in management for migratory birds.

  • General Wildlife


    Birds are not the only wildlife you can find on Cameron Prairie, keep an eye out for alligators, otters, white-tailed deer, bobcats, and coyotes too.

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  • Birds


    The refuge provides habitat for wintering waterfowl, raptors and other water birds. It is home to about 24,000 ducks and 8,000 geese throughout the winter, as well as numerous migrating songbirds during spring and summer.

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  • Threatened and Endangered Species


    Cameron Prairie currently has no threatened or endangered species, but some species of management concern are expected to occur on the Refuge. Those species are the alligator snapping turtle, black rail, buff-breasted sandpiper, and loggerhead shrike.

  • Invasive Species


    Invasive species create problems because they tend to outcompete native plants and animals.

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  • Habitat Types


    The 9,621 acre Gibbstown Unit of the refuge contains several habitat types along with those created through purposeful human manipulations of the land.

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