Wildlife & Habitat

Wildlife and Habitat

Cedar Point National Wildlife Refuge provides a stopover habitat for migratory birds and is home to other wildlife within the historic Lake Erie marshes.

  • Wood Ducks

    Wood duck

    One of the most common and beautiful ducks at the Cedar Point Refuge is the wood duck. Unlike most ducks, they perch and nest in trees or nest boxes. Look for wood ducks along the wooded parts of the refuge or areas with heavy cattails. They are common from spring through fall.

  • Black Tern

    Black tern

    This small, dark graceful tern breeds in a colony of the refuge. The black tern feeds on insects as it flies over the marsh or dives to catch fish. The terns nest on floating vegetation or platforms provided by the refuge.

  • Muskrat


    These large freshwater rodents have reddish brown fur and a long rat-like black tail. The musk part of their name comes from the strong-smelling odor or musk that they produce. Muskrats are excellent swimmers and spend much of their evening in the water, diving underwater for food or in search of vegetation for their lodges. Muskrat lodges have one nesting chamber and several underwater entrances.

  • Coastal Wetlands

    Coastal Wetlands

    Cedar Point Refuge has the largest contiguous coastal marsh wetland on Lake Erie. At more than 1500 acres, this biologically diverse wetland oasis is a vital migratory bird nesting, feeding, and roosting area.