The refuge includes over 600 acres 18 islands and consists of densely forested red and black mangroves with little uplands habitat. Several of the islands are important nesting and roosting areas for colonial water birds, including the brown pelican, great egret, snowy egret, reddish egret, great blue heron, little blue heron, tricolored heron, double-crested cormorant and anhinga. You can find dolphins, manatees, loggerhead, green, and kemp's-ridley sea turtles in the surrounding waters.
Other Facilities in this Complex
Pine Island National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The majority of the lands in these refuges are nesting and roosting islands. The entire complex is approximately 8,000 acres. The Refuge Complex headquarters is located at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel, FL 33957.