Wood Duck


The wood duck is a beautiful bird found on the refuge year-round. It nests in cavities of bald cypress and other bottomland hardwood trees. The mother duck will lay around 8 eggs in a nest and incubate them for about 25 days.

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About the Complex

Central Arkansas NWR Complex

Big Lake National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Central Arkansas NWR Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

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