This park was established in 1931 to provide a winter habitat for migratory birds. One of the reasons we came was to see some whooping cranes. For the past few years an ultralight aircraft has led the young ones from Patuxent Research Refuge to this refuge where they can mature in safety. The hope is to reestablish a migratory eastern population of the birds. However, for this winter they have not arrived yet in this refuge. What has arrived are monarch butterflies. Written information from the refuge indicates that in late October to early November they arrive, after a cold front comes through. It is later in November, but the cold front was here. We saw many of them during or time in the refuge. A strong wind was blowing which did not seem to stop bother them at all. They have to be tough for their long migratory journey!
see a little blue heron, pictured below. We also saw many shore and wading birds, as well as one alligator.