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Top 13 National Wildlife Refuges to Explore

Yogeshwari Bhor Feb 12, 2024

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Thanks to President Theodore Roosevelt who declared Florida's Pelican Island NWR (National Wildlife Refuge) as the first wildlife refuge in 1903.

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This refuge combines wildlife and beach beauty, housing adorable animals such as Delmarva fox squirrels, wild ponies, snow geese, various waterfowl, and migrating birds.
CHINCOTEAGUE NWR (VIRGINIA)

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OREGON ISLANDS NWR (OREGON)
This place is so pleasing that, it has a wide variety of geological features & diverse marine life. You can spot the sea lion in the southern point of this refuge.

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ST. MARKS NWR
(FLORIDA)
This aged refuge in the US is home to hundreds of reptiles, including alligators. Visit in spring to see Indigo buntings, Yellow-billed cuckoos, and other songbirds—a paradise for bird lovers!
ARANSAS NWR
(TEXAS)
This refuge is renowned for its wildlife and nature trails. Spot whooping cranes, Kemp's Ridley sea turtles, Reddish egrets, alligators, coyotes, and more here.

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MINNESOTA VALLEY NWR
(MINNESOTA)
This has stunning scenery & eight different units that provide resting, nesting, and feeding for many animals, waterfowl, and other migratory birds. The visitor centre is very interesting here.

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Sports like boating, snowmobiling, hiking and biking are available here as per the seasons. Wildlife photographers can take joy to capture the nature’s beauty.
RACHEL CARSON NWR
(MAINE)
This refuge was built in the name of remarkable biologist Rachel Carson. It houses more than 300 bird species, like piping plovers and flaunts the large salt marshes.
LAGUNA ATASCOSA NWR
(TEXAS)
Watch birds & animals like Altamira orioles, green jays and the large ones like the pheasant-sized chachalacas, bobcats, eastern indigo snakes at this beautiful refuge.

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QUIVIRA NWR (KANSAS)
This is a vivid place to watch thousands of cranes in the fall and white-fronted geese and even the cute prairie dog.
HORICON NWR (WISCONSIN)
This is the largest & most beautiful cattail wetland in the United States. You won't keep your cameras down after watching the large flocks of beautiful red-headed ducks and other birds.

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WICHITA MOUNTAINS NWR (OKLAHOMA)
This sanctuary preserves majestic animals like bison and elk. Witness them thrive in their natural habitat, surrounded by stunning mountains perfect for hiking.
HART MOUNTAIN NWR
(OREGON)
Walk towards Hart Mountain and you’ll see pronghorns, Greater sage-grouse, sage thrashers, sparrows and mule deer and many other animals.
ASH MEADOWS NWR
(NEVADA)
This has beautiful crystal-clear pools which have exclusive variety of fish and invertebrates. You’ ll be happy to spot little pupfish and other wildlife here.

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TOGIAK NWR (ALASKA)
This is an enticing place specially to spot walruses and emperor geese, big fish and even bigger bears.