Wildlife loves Lewis and Clark NWR

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The estuary islands that make up the Lewis and Clark Refuge comprise 30,000 acres of pristine and varied habitat.  It brachiness reflects the fact that the fresh water of the estuary flows into the ocean mixing with the salt water such that the salinity of the estuary is ever changing because of the incoming and outgoing tides.

Some of Lewis and Clark Refuge’s habitats include deep water, shallows and mudflats, tidal marshes, tidal swamps and uplands, making it an extremely valuable area. These estuary habitats offer protection to a wide variety of wildlife, flora, amphibians, fish and all manner of nature. They all find refuge here. This is a place where our native plants and animals thrive. Its wilderness quality and abundant wildlife beckon to those who like to experience nature at its best. Those who visit must be stewards of this fantastic estuary. Human disturbance can upset some birds nesting plans and inhibit plant growth. One must take care to protect the Refuge’s native species.