Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

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Considerations for Wildlife Viewing:

Bring your binoculars or telephoto lens for your camera. Loaner binoculars can be obtained at the Refuge's Visitor Center.

Plan to start early or stay late. Mammals and birds are most active during the early morning and late afternoon, especially during the warmer months.

Observe carefully; look up, down and out for wildlife. Wildlife might be found in trees, in the sky, in the water, as well as nearby vegetation.

Consider bringing bug repellant and drinking water on your visit to the Refuge so you will be more comfortable.

Respect fellow visitors and wildlife.

Move quietly to see more wildlife.

Keep your distance from all wildlife. They will let you know when you are getting too close by moving away, acting agitated, fluffing their feathers or wings to look more intimidating and other behaviors to tell you to move away.

Many of the birds found at the Refuge are migratory species and need to rest and restore their energy reserves. Respect their need for space.

Bird Watching

Lake Woodruff NWR contains more than 21,500 acres of marsh, swamp and uplands bordering the St. Johns River. The habitat and geographical location are ideal for many birds in central Florida.

The refuge is an important area in a section of the country that has experienced rapid growth and development over the years. Much of the refuge is accessible only by boat; most birders use the manmade dikes that form the pools. The pools attract marsh birds and waterfowl throughout the year, especially in the winter months. Other trails, roads and firebreaks, also open for birding year round, can be equally rewarding.

Find trail maps and other maps here.

Facts About Bird Watching

If you should find an unlisted species, a rare bird, a banded bird or a bird present at a time other than designated, please let us know at the refuge headquarters. We will appreciate your help in updating our records.

Disturb wintering wildlife as little as possible. All of their energy reserves are needed to withstand the stresses of harsh weather and the demands of migration.

Facts About Wildlife Viewing

The refuge observation tower provides a beautiful and vast view over the impoundments, marshes and islands.

Large parts of the refuge can only be reached by water and a slow canoe ride can be the most enjoyable way of observing many plants and animals.