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    Roosevelt on Breton Island

    President Teddy Roosevelt took a voyage to Breton in 1915, along with members of the National Audubon Society.

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    Baby Terns

    Baby terns are well camouflaged. Terns can be long-lived. Tagged terns have been found to live 20 - 30 years!

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    Nesting Terns

    Royal, Sandwich and Caspian terns nest on the sandy beaches of the Refuge.

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A Unique Island Complex

The Shifting Sands of Breton NWR

Aerial photo of Chandeleur islands

Storms, wind, subsidence, and waves are constantly reconfiguring these barrier islands. Hurricanes Rita and Katrina washed over the islands in 2005, removing at least 80% of the island chains' landmass.

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Walk the Beach at Breton Island


Blue water, soft breezes, sandy beaches, and shorebirds. A virtual adventure awaits you!

Take a virtual tour of Breton Island here
Breton Wilderness

Breton Wilderness


Visitors to the Refuge will find a place of relatively wild character. In 1964 our nation formally acknowledged the benefits of wild places to the human spirit and fabric of our country. That year, in a nearly unanimous vote, Congress enacted landmark legislation —the Wilderness Act— that permanently protected some of the special natural and undisturbed places in America. Most of Breton Refuge is part of this National Wilderness System.

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About the Complex

Southeast Louisiana Refuges

Breton National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Southeast Louisiana Refuges.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

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