Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge
|Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge|
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
|Location||La Paz / Mohave counties, Arizona, United States|
|Nearest city||Parker, AZ / Lake Havasu City, AZ|
|Area||6,105 acres (24.71 km2)|
|Governing body||U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service|
The Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge holds one of the last stands of natural cottonwood-willow forests along the lower Colorado River, creating a unique ecosystem that provides good habitat for resident and migratory wildlife. There are few places where one can stand, look at a Saguaro cactus, a cattail stand, and a cottonwood tree together. This unique blend of upland desert, marsh, and desert riparian habitat provides for a diverse array of birds, mammals, and reptiles. This diversity of wildlife includes the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher, Vermillion Flycatcher, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Western Tanager, Lazuli Bunting, Yuma Clapper Rail, North American Beaver, Bobcat, Cougar, Gray fox, Collared Peccary, Mule Deer, Desert Bighorn Sheep, Ring-tailed Cat, Razorback sucker and Bonytail chub.
The Friends of the Bill Williams River and Havasu National Wildlife Refuges is a non-profit membership organization that supports and advocates for the Refuges. They assist Refuge Staff with several of the refuge annual events, strive to obtain grants to support refuge projects, conduct fund-raising activities to support environmental education programs, and help the Fish and Wildlife Service operate and maintain the refuge facilities and programs by providing volunteer labor.
- Friends of the Bill Williams River and Havasu National Wildlife Refuges
- Bird Checklist for Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge
- Info on Bill Williams River Wildlife Refuge