Resource Management

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The refuge was established to protect migratory waterfowl and other migrant species and resident birds. That purpose has been expanded by the Endangered Species Act to include endangered and threatened species. A variety of management tools are used to protect and maintain wildlife and habitat.


Wildlife Surveys

Surveys of loggerhead sea turtles, birds, and vegetation are performed to aid in much-needed research efforts. Examining the existing habitat and where species currently reside can help in forming predictions for future plant and animal distribution changes due to management efforts, habitat loss, or climate change.

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Invasive Species Management

Non-native invasive animals and plants can threaten the balance of native systems. Invasive Chinese tallow on Bulls Island has become one of the most common trees on the island. An aggressive control plan has been implemented using a variety of herbicides and application methods to control this plant.

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Trapping Occurs on this Refuge

Trapping is a wildlife management tool used on some national wildlife refuges. Trapping may be used to protect endangered and threatened species or migratory birds or to control certain wildlife populations. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also views trapping as a legitimate recreational and economic activity when there are harvestable surpluses of fur-bearing mammals. Outside of Alaska, refuges that permit trapping as a recreational use may require trappers to obtain a refuge special use permit. Signs are posted on refuges where trapping occurs. Contact the refuge manager for specific regulations. Click here for more information on trapping within the National Wildlife Refuge System.