Wildlife & Habitat


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the premier government agency dedicated to the conservation, protection and enhancement of fish, wildlife and plants, and their habitats. The National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 outlined the fundamental wildlife conservation mission of the Refuge System, described as ‘wildlife first’. 

  • General Information


    At Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge, the fish and wildlife species and the habitats are closely connected to each other and the soil textures, depth of the water tables, and flooding frequency on the refuge.

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  • Birds


    Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to observe wildlife, especially birds.  Follow the link below to learn about the birds most commonly seen and most frquently sought after on this refuge.

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  • Habitat Types


    The refuge encompasses a variety of natural habitat types: bottomland hardwood forests, mixed pine and hardwood forests, upland pine forests, croplands, grasslands and old fields, moist soil units, a green tree reservoir, and open water. The habitat types are closely associated with soil drainage and the frequency of fire on the landscape.

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  • Southern James Bay Canada Goose


    Southern James Bay Canada geese arrive on the Pee Dee refuge in the fall after breeding in the Southern James Bay area of Canada. They rest in the moist soil units and green tree reservoirs and feed on grain in crop fields.

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  • Wood Duck


    Wood Ducks are resident species on Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge and they live in forested swamps and nest in trees near open water.

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  • Wood Thrush


    Wood Thrushes are commonly found on Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge during the spring and summer months.

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