Wildlife & Habitat

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Sabine National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1937 specifically for wildlife and continues to be managed to provide habitat for migratory waterfowl and other wildlife.

  • General Wildlife

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    Sabine Refuge provides habitat for many species of wildlife, including ducks, geese, alligators, muskrats, nutria, raptors, wading birds, shorebirds, blue crabs, shrimp, and various fish.

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  • Birds

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    Migratory waterfowl use the refuge and are economically important in the area. Mottled ducks, wood ducks, and fulvous whistling ducks are present among others. Many wading birds call Sabine National Wildlife Refuge home year round.

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  • Threatened and Endangered Species

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    Species of special management concern, including those that are threatened or endangered occur infrequently at Sabine National Wildlife Refuge. Species that have occurred in Cameron parish and could possibly use the refuge at some point include: Loggerhead, Leatherback, Kemp's Ridley, Hawksbill, and Green sea turtles; Atlantic Sturgeon; Red Knot; and West Indian Manatee. 

  • Invasive Species

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    Several invasive plant and animal species are present on Sabine National Wildlife Refuge. Efforts to limit the spread of these invasive species are very important to the success of the native species.

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  • Habitat Types

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    Sabine National Wildlife Refuge supports a number of habitat types from freshwater impoundments to brackish, intermediate & freshwater coastal marshes.

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