Wildlife - General Information

General Wildlife Information


Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge and its surrounding waters support many species of resident and migratory fish and wildlife. The fish and wildlife populations are influenced by a number of factors: the refuge’s location along the Atlantic Flyway for waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds, and neotropical migratory songbirds; the brackish water surrounding the refuge; and the nature of the habitat on the refuge. Of the species on the refuge, 200 are birds; 40 are mammals, 40 are reptiles, and 36 are amphibians. The refuge supports wildlife species that are important from both a regional and a national standpoint. Its large size and dense vegetation makes it a haven for species that avoid man, such as the black bear. Also, the refuge harbors many species that are only adapted to living in large tracts of forested habitat as opposed to disturbed areas such as field edges. Interior forest breeding birds, such as the prothonotary warbler, migrate to the refuge each spring to nest in those wetland forests. The refuge also lies at or near the northern limit of ranges for several vertebrate species, including the American alligator. The refuge was the site for reintroduction of the red wolf in 1987 and the wolves are thriving on the refuge and the surrounding private and public land.


Facts About Wildlife - General Information

Documented Species:  

  • 200 birds
  • 40 mammals
  • 40 reptiles
  • 36 amphibians