Watercress Darter National Wildlife Refuge

Watercress Darter National Wildlife Refuge

Infobox_protected_area | name = Watercress Darter National Wildlife Refuge
iucn_category = IV



caption =
locator_x = 195
locator_y = 123
location = Jefferson County, Alabama, USA
nearest_city = Bessemer, Alabama
lat_degrees = 33
lat_minutes = 22
lat_seconds = 28.7292
lat_direction = N
long_degrees = 86
long_minutes = 57
long_seconds = 46.4112
long_direction = W
area = 23 acres
established = 1980
visitation_num = 3,000
visitation_year = 2005
governing_body = U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Watercress Darter National Wildlife Refuge is a 25 acre National Wildlife Refuge located in Jefferson County, Alabama, within the city limits of Bessemer. Watercress Darter NWR consists of a .25 acre pond known as Thomas Spring which is essential to the survival of the endangered watercress darter. A second pond was built on the site in 1983. The facility is unstaffed, but is administered by the Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge in Anniston, Alabama.

Wildlife

The facility operates exclusively to protect the endagered watercress darter.

Facilities

The refuge is open to the public and offers limited opportunities for hiking and wildlife photography. Fishing is not permitted on the refuge for the protection of the watercress darter.

ee also

*List of National Wildlife Refuges

External links

* [http://www.fws.gov/refuges/profiles/index.cfm?id=43663 Watercress Darter National Wildlife Refuge homepage]
* [http://www.recreation.gov/recAreaDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&recAreaId=3926&agencyCode=127 Recreation.gov overview]


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