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Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge

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Big Sandy Unit & EnvironsBusseltown UnitDuck River Unit
Tennessee NWR (web site)

Note: The three units of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge and Environs are considered as one IBA site--Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge.

Location:  Along 65 miles of the Tennessee River  (Kentucky Lake) and tributaries Big Sandy River and Duck River, to include Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge and environs around Paris Landing, in the counties of Benton, Decatur, Henry, Humphreys, Perry, and Stewart, Tennessee.
Physiographic Province:   PIF 14 (Interior Low Plateaus [Western Highland Rim]); BCR 27 (Southeastern Coastal Plain)

Description:  Established in 1945, the refuge is one of the oldest national wildlife refuges in the country. It is managed as an important resting and feeding area for waterfowl, wetland species, and neotropical migrants. Encompassing 51,358 acres, it contains a diversity of habitats including 25,179 acres of rivers, streams, and water; 18,800 acres of timber (primarily upland hardwood); 3,000 acres of farmland; 3,254 acres of seasonally flooded basins (including moist soil); and 764 acres of miscellaneous lands. The refuge is in three units--Big Sandy Unit, Busseltown Unit, and Duck River Unit. Documentation is included for each unit.

Bald Eagle Survey: Totals for the Mid-Winter Bald Eagle Survey 1991-2005 for all units combined are compiled in the table below. See each unit for unit totals.

Mid-Winter Bald Eagle Survey Tennessee NWR 1991-2005
Bald Eagle199119921993199419951996199719981999200020012002200320042005


   Map from U S Fish and Wildlife Service.

Approved as an IBA: December 2005--Yes 7  No 0

This page was last updated on 02/18/06.