National Wildlife refuges
The Rice Center has close ties with nearby U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service refuges. Located on the lower James River, Presquile National Wildlife Refuge and James River National Wildlife Refuge are situated near the Rice Center in a picturesque setting of woods and water.
Presquile National Wildlife Refuge is a 1,329-acre river island that’s primarily hardwood swamp with fringing marshes and some upland habitat. It is an important area for wintering waterfowl and migratory birds. The 4,150-acre James River National Wildlife Refuge was created to protect prime habitat for bald eagles.
Rice Center staff and students work closely with both refuges to achieve wildlife management objectives, better understand the ecology of the refuge habitats and educate the public about the natural world.
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