Freshwater Ponds

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Pinckney Island NWR has approximately 38 acres of freshwater habitat, comprised of between 30 and 50 small ponds/depressions, ranging from one-half acre up to 4 acres in size. Many of these only hold water during wetter periods of the year. A few, however, hold water throughout the year and provide excellent roosting and nesting habitat for colonial wading birds like egrets, ibis, and herons.

These birds nest on the small islands within the ponds, and the water surrounding the sites deters mammalian predators like raccoon from entering nests. Alligators patrolling these waters frequently provide an additional deterrent. Ibis Pond, which is just a mile walk from the refuge parking area, is a popular site for viewing wading birds and other pond life.