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Wildlife & Habitat

Shorebirds by Sharon Lindsay

As one of Georgia's barrier islands, Blackbeard Island National Wildlife Refuge provides protection to the coastline and habitat for a diversity of wildlife, including summertime nesting sea turtles, and year-round shorebird activity.

  • American Oystercatcher

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    This large, boldly patterned bird is fairly conspicuous in the salt marshes and along the shoreline of Blackbeard Island.

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  • Loggerhead Sea Turtle

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    The most common of sea turtles in U.S. coastal waters, the threatened loggerhead can be found nesting on the beaches of Blackbeard Island from late spring through summer.

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  • American Alligator

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    A member of the crocodile family, the American alligator is a living fossil from the Age of Reptiles, having survived on earth for 200 million years. It is vitally important to the alligator's survival that visitors view them from a distance and under no circumstances ever feed them.

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  • Coastal Beach

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    Miles of sand beach provide important habitat for loggerhead sea turtles, piping plovers, and other wildlife species, as well as excellent wildlife viewing opportunities for visitors.

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  • Maritime Forest

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    Dominated by live oak and palmetto, maritime forests provide a protective buffer between the mainland and the sea.

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  • Salt Marsh

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    Salt marshes are a mosaic of snaking channels called tidal creeks that fill with seawater during high tides and drain during low tides.

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  • Pollinators

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    Pollinating animals, including bees, birds, butterflies, bats, beetles and others, are vital to our delicate ecosystem, supporting terrestrial wildlife, providing healthy watershed, and more.

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Last Updated: Jul 15, 2015
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