Student uses binoculars to look for birds on the refuge

Wildlife observation, including birding, has been identified in the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 as one of priority public uses, as long as they are compatible with the purpose for which the refuge was established. Wildlife observation is encouraged on all refuges in the Complex. Visitors must comply with existing laws, regulations, and policies concerning access and harassment of wildlife.

Submit your bird sightings on  https://ebird. org or download the app. eBird helps inform staff, researchers, and the public about bird distribution, abundance, and habitat use. 

Seasonal Highlights

Spring and Fall:  Shorebirds, songbirds and raptors migrate in large numbers.

Summer:  Herons, Egrets, and Prothonotary Warblers are some of the more common nesting species. Acadian Flycatcher, Northern Parula, and Yellow-billed Cuckoo nest in smaller numbers.

Winter:  Hundreds of thousands of ducks and geese depend on the Refuges for food, rest, and shelter.