Wildlife & Habitat

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Come enjoy the variety of beauty you will find at Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge.  The wildlife and habitat are amazing to see. Bring your birding binoculars and your camera to see and photograph the wonders that are Wapanocca.

  • Wood Duck

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    Wood ducks, so named because they nest in tree cavities. They found in wooded swamps and woodlands near ponds, streams, and rivers. The Wood Duck requires forest habitats that provide a diversity of tree cavities. The Wood Duck is one of the most colorful of all waterfowl, with males having iridescent chestnut and green, with patterns on nearly every feather. Wood Ducks are located at the Refuge year round, but are most common in the spring and fall.

  • Prothonotary Warbler

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    A brilliant bird with a yellow-orange head and blue/grey wings, Prothonotary Warblers breed in wooded swamps and other bottomland forests of the Southeastern United States and are the only Eastern warbler to nest in cavities. This characteristic makes them vulnerable to habitat destruction. Prothonotary Warblers can be found on the Refuge during the spring, summer, and fall.

  • Pileated Woodpecker

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    Pileated Woodpeckers are one of the largest forest birds in the area. Almost the size of a crow, this woodpecker boasts a black body with bold white stripes down the neck with a red crest. You can look and listen for Pileated Woodpeckers throughout the year in their never-ending search for food. The nest holes these birds make offer important shelter to many other species of wildlife. Pileated Woodpeckers are forest birds that require large, standing dead trees and downed wood for survival. Pileated Woodpeckers can be found throughout the refuge year-round.

  • Bottomland Hardwood Forest

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    The bald cypress/willow/oak forest is seasonally flooded by winter rains and provides excellent habitat for migratory waterfowl and neotropical migrants. This habitat is one of the last remaining stands of this type left in the Mississippi Delta region and provides a unique relict to how this region looked many years ago.