Featured Species

Nathaniel P. Reed Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge serves as a beacon of hope that wild places can still exist in South Florida. It is an outstanding example of an Atlantic coastal ridge and barrier island environment - where the wide variety of habitats supports an even richer diversity of plants and wildlife. 

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leatherback turtle
Leatherback Sea Turtle
The leatherback is the largest, deepest diving, and most migratory and wide ranging of all sea turtles. The adult leatherback can reach 4 to 8 feet in length and 500 to 2000 pounds in weight. Its shell is composed of a mosaic of small bones covered by firm, rubbery skin with seven longitudinal...
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Scrub Jay
Florida Scrub Jay
Florida Scrub-Jay
The plumage of adult males and females looks alike, but males are slightly larger than females. The head, nape, wings, and tail are pale blue. The back and belly are pale gray. The throat and chest are white and bordered by a blue gray bib. Juveniles differ in appearance from adults in that they...
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West Indian Manatee
Caribbean manatee

Manatees are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which prohibits the take (i.e., harass, hunt, capture, or kill) of all marine mammals. Manatees are found in marine, estuarine, and freshwater environments. The West Indian manatee, Trichechus manatus, includes two distinct...

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