The Refuge is managed primarily for migratory birds, which need a variety of habitats for feeding, courtship, and nesting. Many other species benefit too. Management practices include manipulating water levels in 17 individual Refuge impoundments, prescribed fire, and invasive species control.
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Originally established for this species, the Refuge supports the largest nesting population of redhead ducks east of the Mississippi River. Thousands use the marsh each year.