Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge
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Welcome to Ten Thousand Islands

White pelicans. Credit: USFWS

White pelicans. Credit: USFWS

Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is located in Collier County on the southwest coast of Florida. Established in 1996, this 35,000 acres refuge protects important mangrove habitats and a rich diversity of native wildlife, including several endangered species.

The refuge is part of the largest expanses of mangrove forest in North America. Approximately two thirds of the refuge is mangrove forest, which dominates most tidal fringes and the numerous islands (or keys). The northern third of the refuge consists of brackish marsh and interspersed ponds, and small coastal hammocks of oak, cabbage palms, and tropical hardwoods such as gumbo limbo.

Roughly 200 species of fish have been documented in the area and much of the sea grass beds and mangrove bottoms serve as vital nursery areas for marine fish. Over 189 species of birds use the refuge at some time during the year. Prominent bird groups include wading birds, shorebirds, diving water birds, and raptors. Common mammals found in the area include raccoon, river otter, and bottle-nosed dolphins.

Notable threatened and endangered species include West Indian manatee, bald eagle, peregrine falcon, wood stork, and the Atlantic loggerhead, green, and Kemp's Ridley sea turles

 

Getting There . . .

Ten Thousand Islands NWR is located between Marco Island and Everglades City, Florida. The refuge is best accessed by boat. The two prominent boating access points are found in Goodland and Port-of-the-Islands. Take U.S. 41 south out of Naples and drive 12 miles to Hwy 92, turn right and drive 5 miles to Goodland, or continue on U.S. 41 for 5 miles to Port-of-the-Islands. The headquarters for the refuge is located at 3860 Tollgate Blvd,. Naples, FL, within the Comfort Inn at exit 101 on I-75.

 

News and Events

April 9, 2011

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge proposes to conduct predator control to protect sea turtle nests. The proposed Plan and Environmental Assessment are available upon request or may be downloaded below.

The 30-day public comment period closes May 11, 2011.

Comments may be submitted to:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, TTINWR
3860 Tollgate Blvd., Suite 300
Naples, FL 34114
Phone: 239-353-8442
Email: floridapanther@fws.gov

 

Last updated: April 14, 2011