Red-headed woodpecker perched on a tree outside of a nest cavity

At least 264 species of birds have been documented at the refuge complex. Some are resident, while others are stopping through during migration. Each season is marked with an assortment of migrating species, temporary residents and yearlong locals: songbirds in the spring, nesting woodpeckers and shorebirds in the summer, waterfowl during the fall migration and bald eagles in the winter. Come see why Chautauqua refuge has been designated as an “Important Bird Area” and accepted into the “Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network.”