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Maness Swamp Refuge

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Map - Horns Bluff RefugeMap - Hop-In RefugeMap - Maness Swamp Refuge
Map - C. M. Gooch WMAMap - Obion River WMA

Note: The sites of the J. Clark Akers Wildlife Complex (Upper)--C. M. Gooch Wildlife Management Area, Hop-In Refuge, Obion River Wildlife Management Area, and Maness Swamp Refuge should be considered as one IBA site if adequate documentation is available in that they form a contiguous area along the Obion River, Obion River Drainage Canal, and South Fork Obion River. The Horns Bluff Refuge and Bean Switch are part of this Complex and could be included with it under an umbrella IBA, but are not contiguous with it.

Location:  At the junction of the South and Middle Forks of the Obion River, Weakley County, Tennessee.
Physiographic Province:  PIF 04 (East Gulf Coastal Plain); BCR 27 (Southeastern Coastal Plain)
Tennessee IBA Site Map - Manes Swamp Refuge.bmp (80006 bytes)
Geographical Coordinates: 
    Kenton--Lat. 361208N  Long. 0890044W
    Big Cypress Tree State Park--Lat. 361200N  Long. 0885320W
Elevation Range:
    312' Kenton
    302' Big Cypress Tree State Park
Size:  2,345 acres
USGS 7.5' quad:  Kenton, Rutherford

Fields are cultivated in the summer with crops and flooded in the winter for waterfowl.

IBA Criteria:  4a

Ornithological Importance:  Waterfowl is the criteria for the site.
    Note 1.  Waterfowl (ducks, geese, and swans) average from the "Tennessee Mid-Winter Waterfowl Survey," 2002-2005 is 1,212 birds. Numbers by years are: 2002 (921), 2003 (495), 2004 (2,830), and 2005 (600). Mallard was the most common duck with an average of  1,074 birds or 88.6% of the average total waterfowl for the site.

Site Criteria



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Season1   B = Breeding, W = Wintering, SM = Spring Migration, FM = Fall Migration
Source 2  1-Atlas Breeding Birds of Tennessee 2-Breeding Bird Surveys 3-Christmas Bird Counts
4-Point Counts 5-Refuge Counts 6-Personal observations 7-Other (specify)

Ownership:   Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
    Contact:  Larry Armstrong, Refuge Manager, 731-749-5587. TWRA Region I Office, 200 Lowell Thomas Drive, Jackson, TN 38301, 731-423-5725, 800-372-3928 (toll free in Tennessee).

Conservation Concerns: 

Management Program:  None.

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Disapproved as an IBA site:  February 2006--Yes 4  No 3

This page was last updated on 02/19/06.