If you enjoy getting outdoors and looking for wildlife, consider a visit to your nearest national wildlife refuge! From birding to whale watching, from viewing speedy pronghorn antelope or slow-moving box turtles, wildlife observation is the most popular activity for refuge visitors. View the Bird List Here.
National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to view and photograph a variety of
wildlife, including waterfowl, deer, small mammals, amphibians and birds. The most popular facility on the refuge for
wildlife viewing is the observation tower, which overlooks a lake that draws a
variety of waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds, and raptors. The wildlife drive parallels Cowpen Bayou
that provides a chance to see varied bird species, alligators, turtles, otters,
and other wildlife. Much of the wildlife
drive takes visitors through a bottomland hardwood forest where bobcat,
white-tailed deer, and feral hogs can be seen.
There’s also some bird watching along the dirt roads on the Bushley
The fall and spring
migrations bring numerous songbirds and wading birds to the refuge.
From every state and all parts of the globe, about 40 million people visit each year, especially for the chance to see concentrations of wildlife and birds. The National Wildlife Refuge System’s extensive trail system, boardwalks, observation decks, hunting and photography blinds, fishing piers and boat launches encourage visitors to discover America’s best wildlife spectacles.