National Wildlife Refuge
|6772 Highway 76 South
Stanton, TN 38069
Phone Number: 731-772-0501
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|Numerous cutoffs of the Hatchie Scenic River have formed scenic lakes which provide fishing as well as great habitat for wintering flocks of mallards.|
Continued . . . The bottomland forests and meandering sloughs provide breeding habitat for numerous wood ducks and hooded mergansers. Mallards, black ducks and other migratory waterfowl that brighten the gray winter skies, also are attracted to the refuge's extensive feeding areas and resting areas.
During the spring and summer the woods literally swarm with songbirds of every color. Scarlet tanagers, ruby-crowned kinglets, yellow warblers, goldfinches, green-backed herons, blue jays, redheaded woodpeckers and indigo buntings paint the woods with all of the colors of the rainbow. Bald eagles and ospreys are rare winter visitors, but red-shouldered hawks, barred owls and wild turkeys thrive in the area and can be seen year-round. Some of the more numerous resident mammals include white-tailed deer, beaver and squirrels. While river otters have disappeared from most parts of Tennessee, they still are found in good numbers at Hatchie. When seen, they delight visitors and refuge staff as well, with their playful antics.
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