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Roanoke River 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, wading birds, and neotropical migratory songbirds; and the nature of the habitat on the Refuge. Of the species on the Refuge, 219 are birds, 33 are mammals, 37 are reptiles, 39 are amphibians, and 59 are fish. 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.