Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at https://www.doi.gov/shutdown

Features

  • Crane Tours

    Crane Tours

    All aboard for this ranger guided tour of the refuge where we will seek out the elusive Mississippi Sandhill Crane.

    Fall-Winter Crane Tours

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    2018 Wild Crane Population Report

    Learn more about the current status of the wild crane population at the refuge!

    2018 Wild Crane Population Report

  • Photo Galleries

    Refuge Gallery

    Catch a glimpse of the plants and animals that call the refuge home! Explore our photo galleries.

    Photo Galleries

  • Crane Fest 2018!

    Crane Fest Celebration!

    Join refuge staff and our partners in conservation as we celebrate Crane Fest on December 9th, 2017...

    Crane Fest! - December 8th, 2018

What's Happening at the Refuge?

It's Crane Tour Season!

Crane Tours

All aboard for this ranger guided tour of the refuge where we will seek out the elusive Mississippi Sandhill Crane. Space is Limited. Reservations Required.

Fall/Winter Crane Tours

Crane Fest 2018!

December 8, 2018 40 Anniversary Medallion 150

Join refuge staff and our state and local partners as we celebrate conservation at Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge.

Learn More...

2018 Wild Crane Population Report

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Check out the 2018 Wild Crane Population graphical report -- get the latest info on the Mississippi sandhill population at the refuge! (Report will download as a .pdf)

2018 Wild Crane Population Report

Fire As a Tool

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Did you know that prescribed fires are one of the most important tools the refuge uses to restore the endangered wet pine savanna habitat?

Learn More!
Did You Know?

Plants That Bite Back!

Carnivorous Plants - Sundews

Did you know that there are ten species of carnivorous plants that can be seen at the refuge?

Learn More!

About the Complex

Gulf Coast Complex

Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Gulf Coast Complex.

Read more about the complex
About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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.

Learn more about the NWRS