Due to the sensitive nature of its habitat, Matlacha Pass National Wildlife Refuge is closed to the public, open for wildlife.
Matlacha Pass National Wildlife Refuge was established on September 26, 1908, as three small islands created a, "preserve and breeding ground for native birds." Since then, the refuge has grown to 31 islands encompassing over 500 acres. The refuge islands are surrounded by the Matlacha Pass State Aquatic Preserve.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages an unparalleled network of public lands and waters called the National Wildlife Refuge System. With more than 560 refuges spanning the country, this system protects iconic species and provides some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities on Earth.
Invasive species are non-native plants, animals and other living organisms that thrive in areas where they don’t naturally live and cause (or are likely to cause) economic or environmental harm, or harm to human, animal or plant health. Invasive species degrade, change or displace native habitats,...
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