Sanctuary

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Refuge Purposes: For lands acquired under the Migratory Bird Conservation Act (16 U.S.C. 715 – 715r), as amended, the purpose of the acquisition is: “…for the purpose as an inviolate sanctuary, or for any other management purpose, for migratory birds.” (16 U.S.C. 715d) 

- Cross Creeks NWR Comprehensive Conservation Plan

Sanctuary is provided to migrating waterfowl every year starting November 15th and ending March 15th. This critical window is the period when wintering waterfowl are using the refuge as feeding and resting area. 

The refuge’s role as a sanctuary enhances waterfowl hunting on nearby public and private lands, as well as providing opportunities for wildlife observation. Waterfowl sanctuary is a critical part of annual waterfowl conservation and management; sanctuary provides areas where birds can rest, gain fat, and develop pair bonds that improve the probability of successful nesting in the spring and summer. It is important that these indispensable activities not be disturbed by refuge visitation.