Urban Wildlife Habitat projects fund close-to-home places to play and explore nature. As our urban areas are increasingly expanding and densifying, these grants protect important fish and wildlife habitat within five miles of densely populated areas, creating green refuges that help keep our ecosystems healthy and provide places to enjoy nature right in our backyards.
This addition of acreage and shoreline ensures that Woodard Bay NRCA will remain viable wildlife habitat as surrounding areas develop. The site contains nesting bald eagles, a harbor seal nursery, large bat colony, and a heron rookery and is important for river otters, waterfowl, and shorebirds. There are outstanding opportunities for outdoor environmental education and passive recreational uses.