Mississippi Sandhill Crane
National Wildlife Refuge
|7200 Crane Lane
Gautier, MS 39553
Phone Number: 228-497-6322
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Presentations for school groups are available upon request.
Visitor contact station and kiosk displays are available in the headquarters area with brochures, video-viewing, and dioramas to illustrate the refuge story. Staff or volunteer-led walks on the nature trail are available for groups upon request.
A three-quarter mile nature trail adjacent to the Visitor Center winds its way through pine savanna, tidal marsh, and pine scrub. Plant life is abundant along the trail, especially in spring when carnivorous plants and orchids are in bloom. The alert visitor can also see and hear signs of wildlife. Wading birds visit the bayou, and many songbirds, including the eastern bluebird and Bachman's sparrow, frequent the savannas. Harriers, osprey, and red-tailed hawks hunt over the savanna and bayous. Look for signs of resident mammals, including white-tailed deer, raccoon, and fox. Listen for the distinctive clattering bugle of the crane, the grunting of the pig frog, chorus of cricket frogs, or unmistakable bleating of the narrow-mouthed toad. In January and February, conditions permitting, the refuge offers scheduled tours to blinds overlooking crane feeding areas. Please call ahead to make reservations.
The Visitor Center and C.L. Dees Trail are open Tuesday - Saturday, 9:00am - 3:00pm.
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