Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge conserves and protects freshwater marshes in western Terrebonne Parish in south–central Louisiana. The refuge's freshwater marshes attract thousands of migratory waterfowl. Forested habitats provide critical spring and fall habitat for neotropical migratory birds. A unique habitat found at Mandalay is called flotant marsh - a floating marsh. The refuge is intersected with levees and man-made canals, and bisected by the Gulf Intercoastal Waterway

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Located approximately five miles southwest of Houma, LA, Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge encompasses 4,212 acres of freshwater marsh, cypress-tupelo swamp and man-made canals, and is bisected by the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. The refuges's waterways and wetlands, bordered by ridges forested with oak, cypress, and gum trees, provide habitat for a wide array of wildlife. Visitors can enjoy fishing, wildlife viewing and photography, boating and hunting.  

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      About Us

      Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge, established in 1996, conserves and protects freshwater marshes in western Terrebonne Parish in south–central Louisiana. The refuge's freshwater marshes attract thousands of migratory waterfowl. Forested habitats provide critical spring and fall habitat for neotropical migratory birds. A unique habitat found at Mandalay is called flotant marsh - a floating marsh. The refuge is intersected with levees and man-made canals, and bisected by the Gulf Intercoastal Waterway  

      What We Do

      Wildlife conservation is at the heart of the National Wildlife Refuge System. It drives everything on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lands and waters managed within the Refuge System, from the purposes for which a national wildlife refuge national wildlife refuge
      A national wildlife refuge is typically a contiguous area of land and water managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  for the conservation and, where appropriate, restoration of fish, wildlife and plant resources and their habitats for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.

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      is established, to the recreational activities offered, to the resource management tools used. Using conservation best practices, the Refuge System manages Service lands and waters to help ensure the survival of native wildlife species.   

      Our Species

      American Alligator
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      Florida alligator
      Mississippi alligator
      Louisiana alligator
      The American alligator is a large, semi-aquatic, armored reptile that is related to crocodiles. Their body alone ranges from 6 - 14 feet long. Almost black in color, the it has prominent eyes and nostrils with coarse scales over the entire body. It has a large, long head with visible upper teeth...
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      Bald Eagle

      A large raptor, the bald eagle has a wingspread of about seven feet. Adults have a dark brown body and wings, white head and tail, and a yellow beak. Juveniles are mostly brown with white mottling on the body, tail, and undersides of wings. Adult plumage usually is obtained by the sixth year. In...

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      Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge's conservation goal is to conserve freshwater marshes in western Terrebonne Parish, ensuring that native wildlife comes first, while providing for compatible public recreational uses.