Wildlife & Habitat

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As one of Georgia's barrier islands, Wassaw 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.

  • Loggerhead Sea Turtle


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

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  • Piping Plover

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    Piping plovers are one of many species of shorebirds that inhabit the beaches of Wassaw NWR.

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  • American Alligator


    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


    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


    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


    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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