Important Bird Areas

Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge

Florida

Volusia County
21,559 acres (8724 hectares)

West of DeLand in western Volusia County. Contiguous with the Ocala National Forest?Lake George IBA to the north and west.

Encompassing all of Lake Woodruff and extending west to the St. Johns River. The Refuge receives 70,000 recreationists and 700 hunters annually.

Ornithological Summary

Significant populations of FCREPA species; significant numbers of raptors and Neotropical migrants; and significant natural habitats

The Refuge supports a diversity of aquatic birds, including wading birds, 23 species of waterfowl, and possibly an inland breeding population of Black Rails. It also supports what is currently the second-largest Swallow-tailed Kite roost in the United States. Neotropical migrants also are well-represented, most notably wood-warblers. The Refuge probably supports significant numbers of many more species than is shown in the table below

Conservation Issues

Fire-dependent communities are prescribed-burned to maintain and restore habitats. ? Exotic plants are controlled by herbicides as needed. Feral hogs have been successfully controlled; none has been seen for several years. ? Artificial impoundments are managed for waterfowl and wading birds. ? Staff shortages make it difficult to survey and monitor wildlife use.

Ownership

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and St. Johns River Water Management District

Habitat

*hardwood swamp (5800 acres; 2347 hectares), *freshwater, cattail, and sawgrass marshes (combined; 12,100 acres; 4896 hectares), longleaf pine flatwoods, temperate hammock (2400 acres; 971 hectares), xeric oak scrub, and lacustrine (1000 acres; 404 hectares)

Land Use

*conservation, *recreation, hunting