Wildlife and 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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    Hatchie 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.  Powell Road is a great place to go birding during the spring, summer, and fall months, and O'Neal Lake is a wonderful place to view ducks, geese, and eagles during the winter months.

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  • Mammals

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

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  • Reptiles and Amphibians

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    Reptiles and amphibians are interesting critters and are fun to learn about!  The Hatchie 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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  • 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 Hatchie NWR assures a safe habitat for wintering waterfowl, but also provides homes to other species of animals as well.

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