Wildlife & Habitat

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“Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and it's beauty.” 

― Albert Einstein 

  • Birds

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    Reelfoot NWR's primary purpose is to provide optimum habitat for wintering waterfowl, but that doesn't mean that you cannot see other fabulous birds on the refuge!  Songbirds, bald eagles, owl, hawks, shorebirds, and others can be found on the refuge throughout the year.  Our Grassy Island Wildlife Drive is a great place to go birding during the spring, summer, and fall months, and our Long Point Unit is a wonderful place to view ducks, geese, eagles and hawks during the winter months.  Long Point is also a great place to view shorebirds during the spring. 

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  • Mammals

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    They are warm-blooded, have hair on their bodies, have backbones, and produce milk for their young.  Mammals are incredible creatures!  Come to Reelfoot NWR to view and photograph a variety of mammals from the large white-tailed deer to the busy squirrel.

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  • Fish


    Fish are fun to catch and even better to eat!  Reelfoot NWR has many superb places to fish.  Fishing is open at the Grassy Island unit from February 1st-November 14th, and the Long Point waters are open from March 16th-November 14th.  Reelfoot Lake is known for it's great fishing opportunities, so bring your family and friends out to have fun and relax!

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  • Reptiles and Amphibians

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    Reptiles and amphibians are interesting critters and are fun to learn about!  The Reelfoot NWR has a variety of species that you can easily see and/or hear.

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  • Invertebrates

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    We tend to view them as pesky and useless, but invertebrates play an important role in our ecosystem, serving as food for many other animals we enjoy observing!

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  • Endangered Species

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    The U.S.F.W.S. takes pride in protecting and providing habitat for North America's endangered species.  The bald eagle, removed from the endangered species list in 2007, is a wonderful success story!  The National Wildlife Refuge System works hard to take care of our nations wildlife and plants.

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  • Habitat

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    Food, water, shelter, and space.   All four of these components make up a habitat and are necessary for wildlife survival.  The Reelfoot NWR assures a safe habitat for wintering waterfowl, but also provides homes to other species of animals as well.  

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