Beach

Habitat Type: Beach
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Unvegetated beaches occupy 202 of the refuge’s 8,501 acres and occur on the eastern edge of the refuge above the normal high water elevation. These areas would be important nesting areas for colonial nesting birds and sea turtles if there was authority to limit access to the beach below the normal high water elevation.

Extensive use of the beach for recreation discourages nesting efforts. Tire ruts would limit successful movement of bird chicks and turtle hatchlings if they hatched successfully.

Facts About Beach

  • Occupies 202 of the 8,501 acres on the refuge
  • Too much human activity for safe nesting activities for wildlife