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Great White Heron


The largest heron species, the majestic great white heron is unique to south Florida and the Florida Keys.

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About the Complex

Florida Keys Wildlife Refuges Complex

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The Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex protects over 400,000 acres for wildlife in the Florida Keys.

Great White Heron is managed as part of the Florida Keys Wildlife Refuges Complex.

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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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Visiting Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge

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This vast refuge is comprised of backcountry waters and mangrove islands extending from islands north of Bahia Honda State Park west to north of Key West area. Most areas are open to boating, however, in order to protect sensitive bird nesting, resting and feeding, and sea turtle nesting, there are areas where boat access is restricted or prohibited. Certain vessels, including Personal Watercraft (PWC's)are prohibited throughout this refuge. To download a brochure with details of the refuge and rules/regulations, click the following link.

Map & Regulations for Great White Heron NWR
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Great White Heron closeup: Kristie Killam/ USFWS, Cartoon pelican: Nancy Chatelaine, Great White Heron at dock: USFWS, Outreach booth: USFWS, Bald Eagles: Mickey Foster, EKIP Logo: National Park Foundation, Facebook Logo: Facebook, Mangroves: Kristie Killam/USFWS
Last Updated: Jun 01, 2016
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