Featured Species

Although less than 5,000 acres, the Big Boggy marsh provides habitat for large numbers of migratory birds including wintering waterfowl. Although impacted by rising sea levels, the marsh remains a productive nursery for fin and shellfish. The abundant food resource attracts wading birds including great blue herons and great egrets that stalk their prey as gulls and terns search from overhead.   

With nearly contiguous  salt marsh salt marsh
Salt marshes are found in tidal areas near the coast, where freshwater mixes with saltwater.

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, freshwater marsh and coastal prairie across the refuge, secretive marsh birds are abundant. The threatened eastern black rail and yellow rail move under the cover of tangled cordgrass and shrubs. 

Although battered by the waves and sea level rise, Dressing Point Island continues to be a prominent colonial waterbird rookery. The island has always been a stronghold for brown pelicans. They are joined by large numbers of State threatened reddish egrets, the colorful roseate spoonbill, and other egrets and herons.