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Bill Williams River
National Wildlife Refuge

60911 Highway 95
Parker, AZ   85344
E-mail: al_murray@fws.gov
Phone Number: 928-667-4144
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  Wildlife and Habitat

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Endangered Yuma clapper rails spend the summer months in the cattails of the marsh and may overwinter. Another endangered bird, the southwestern willow flycatcher nests on the refuge in the willow trees lining the river.

Crisscrossing tracks in the sand chronicle the nighttime excursions of cottontails, javelina, and deer, as well as predatory coyotes, bobcats and the less common cougars. Rattlesnakes are highly mobile at dawn and dusk and may be active during any month. In daytime heat they recede to cooler spots such as rodent burrows or crevices.

Below refuge headquarters lies a cove where razorback suckers and bonytail chubs are raised. The two species are among 31 native Arizona fish. The fish are introduced into the cove, where they grow to around 10 inches. At that point they are released into Lake Havasu and other areas.

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