Student uses binoculars to look for birds on the refuge

Across the country, wildlife observation is the most popular activity for refuge visitors. So if you enjoy getting outdoors and looking for wildlife, consider a walk down the Piper Trail or along River Trace Road. Don’t forget to check out the trail that extends across Caffee Creek and continues down the river or the trail that leads up into the pines from River Trace Road!
The spring and summer months are a good time to view nesting song birds and wildflowers. While the fall and winter months are great viewing for white-tail deer, waterfowl and bald eagles.

Here are some wildlife viewing tips:

  • Dawn and dusk are the best times to see wildlife on the refuge. 
  • Bring your binoculars for a closer look.
  • Leave all “abandoned” young animals alone. The parent is probably close by waiting for you to leave. 
  • Don’t feed wildlife human food, it disrupts their digestive system and leads to other issues; therefore, feeding wildlife is prohibited.
  • Look for animal signs. Tracks, scat, and nest left behind often tell interesting stories about what has been to that area.