Wildlife & Habitat

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Many animals on Lake Woodruff NWR are secretive or nocturnal and seldom seen by refuge visitors. Wildlife observers are encouraged to report unusual sightings to refuge personnel. All refuge wildlife are protected and must not be harmed. 

  • Amphibians


     Amphibians generally inhabit two worlds – water and land. They lack teeth and claws, and most often have wet, slippery skin. This group of animals includes frogs, toads, salamanders and newts. 

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  • Birds


    Over 230 species of birds can be found using the refuge seasonally. 

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  • Endangered Species


    Seven federally listed species occur on the refuge, as well as a number of State-imperiled species and species of management concern. 

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  • Fish


    Due to the diversity of aquatic habitats on the refuge, fish are abundant. Species include largemouth bass, herrings, blue gill, bowfin, mullets, drums, and more.

  • Habitats


    Upland and freshwater wetland areas provide habitats to support a variety of species. 

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  • Mammals


    Mammals are warm blooded animals which suckle their young and have hair on at least a portion of their body. 

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  • Reptiles


    Reptiles differ from amphibians in that they do not have slime on their bodies and must breath air, even though some species live in water.

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