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Rachel Carson
National Wildlife Refuge

Fall foliage at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
321 Port Road
Wells, ME   04090
E-mail: rachelcarson@fws.gov
Phone Number: 207-646-9226
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Fall foliage at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
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  Wildlife and Habitat

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Major habitat types present on the refuge include forested upland, barrier beach/dune, coastal meadows, tidal salt marsh, and the distinctive rocky coast.

Refuge marshes, estuaries and adjacent forests promote abundant wildlife. Refuge and adjacent lands provide food and essential habitat for over 250 species of birds. Many migrating birds, for which the refuge was established, revitalize themselves here as they travel to and from northern breeding areas. Shorebirds are abundant during spring and fall migrations. Waterfowl are common year-round; black ducks, mallards, Canada geese, and common eiders are often found in marshes and waterways. Warblers, thrushes and other songbirds migrate through or stop to nest in the forests, fields and marshes of the refuge. Spring and fall provide excellent opportunities to see migrating birds of prey.

The refuge supports many species of mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Look for white-tailed deer, river otter, beaver, fox, coyote, moose, and harbor seals on or near the refuge. Painted and spotted turtles bask on logs on warm days; spring peepers, wood frogs and tree frogs sound their chorus in the spring's evening air.

Brochures about the refuge's amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and birds are available. Our bird list is available on line via our home page.

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