175 Species of Wildlife in Lullwater Preserve

Right in the middle of Emory's campus, Lullwater Preserve offers acres of green space with trees, lawns and a lake for community members to enjoy. The estate is home to an English Tudor mansion where the University president lives with, by all appearances, at least 175 wildlife species as neighbors.

Our sources for this list include biology professor emeritus Don Shure, the Office of Sustainability Initiatives, and President James W. Wagner (who saw the coyote in 2011). Species lists of amphibians and reptiles residing in Lullwater were compiled from biology class trips and research papers. Species lists of birds were compiled from biology class trips, individuals' visits and the Atlanta Audubon Society's list of birds' arrival/departure dates.


Birds: Spring/Fall Migrants

Birds: Summer Residents

Birds: Winter Residents

Birds: Year-Round Residents



BullfrogDusky salamander
Eastern narrowmouth toadNorthern red salamander
Fowler's toadNorthern slimy salamander
Gray treefrogRed spotted newt
Green frogSouthern redback salamander
Green treefrogSouthern two-lined salamander
Northern cricket frogSpotted salamander
Southern leopard frogSpring salamander
Spring peeper frogThree-lined salamander
Upland chorus frog 

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Birds: Spring/Fall Migrants
American cootMagnolia warbler
American redstartNashville warbler
Bay-breasted warblerOrange-crowned warbler
Black and white warblerOrchard oriole
Black-billed cuckooOvenbird
Black-throated blue warblerPalm warbler
Black-throated green warblerParula warbler
Blackburnian warblerPrairie warbler
Blackpoll warblerProthonotary warbler
Blue grosbeakRose-breasted grosbeak
Blue-winged tealSpotted sandpiper
Blue-winged warblerSwainson's thrush
Canada warblerTennessee warbler
Cape May warblerVeery
Chestnut-sided warblerWilson's warbler
Connecticut warblerYellow warbler
Golden-winged warblerYellow-billed cuckoo
Hooded merganserYellow-throat warbler
Lesser scaup 

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Birds: Summer Residents
Barn swallowGreat-crested flycatcher
Blue-gray gnatcatcherIndigo bunting
Chimney swiftNorthern rough-winged swallow
Common nighthawkRed-eyed vireo
Common yellowthroatRuby-throated hummingbird
Eastern kingbirdSummer tanger
Eastern wood peweeWhite-eyed vireo
Great egretWood thrush
Great heronYellow-breasted chat

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Birds: Winter Residents
Cedar waxwingsRuby-crowned kinglet
Dark-eyed juncoWhite-throated sparrow
Golden-crowned kingletYellow-bellied sapsucker
Pied-billed grebe 

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Birds: Year-Round Residents
American crowGreat horned owl
American goldfinchHairy woodpecker
American robinHouse finch
Barred owlHouse sparrow
Belted kingfisherMallard duck
Brown thrasherMourning dove
Brown-headed cowbirdNorthern flicker
Brown-headed nuthatchNorthern mockingbird
Canada goosePileated woodpecker
CardinalPine warbler
Carolina chickadeeRed-bellied woodpecker
Carolina wrenRed-headed woodpecker
Chipping sparrowRed-tailed hawk
Common grackleRed-winged blackbird
Downy woodpeckerRock dove
Eastern bluebirdScreech owl
Eastern towheeSong sparrow
European starlingTufted titmouse
Field sparrowWhite-breasted nuthatch
Gray catbirdYellow-rumped warbler
Great blue heron 

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Domestic dogNorway rat
Eastern chipmunkRaccoon
Eastern cottontail rabbitRed fox
Eastern gray squirrelRiver otter
Eastern moleShort-tailed shrew
Feral catSoutheastern shrew
Gray foxSouthern flying squirrel
House mouseStriped skunk
Long-tailed weaselWhite-footed mouse
Meadow vole 

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Broadhead skink lizardQueen snake
Five-lined skink lizardRat snake
Fence lizardRough green snake
Green anole lizardSouthern ringneck snake
Ground skink lizardWater snake
Six-lined racerunner lizardBox turtle
Southeastern five-lined skink lizardCommon musk turtle
Brown snakeCommon snapping turtle
Copperhead snakeEastern mud turtle
Eastern hognose snakeEastern painted turtle
Eastern kingsnakeGulf Coast spiny softshell turtle
Garter snakeRed-eared slider turtle
Northern black racerYellowbelly slider turtle

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