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Grand Bay
National Wildlife Refuge

6005 Bayou Heron Road
Moss Point, MS   39562
E-mail: MississippiSandhillCrane@fws.gov
Phone Number: 228-475-0765
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  Wildlife and Habitat

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The north-western portion of the refuge encompasses an area along the Escatawpa River and ranges from frequently flooded bottomland hardwood forest along the river to pine savannas. The entire refuge is subject to flooding due to low elevations. The area supports numerous species of resident wildlife including white-tailed deer, squirrel, racoon, coyote, beaver and wild turkeys.

Grand Bay provides important habitat for threatened and endangered species including gopher tortoise, bald eagle, brown pelican and red-cockaded woodpecker. The refuge also has suitable habitat for Mississippi sandhill cranes. The marshes on the southern portion of the refuge provides wintering habitat to about 16 percent of coastal Mississippi's total waterfowl population, including lesser scaup, redhead, ring-necked duck, mallard, and American widgeon.

In addition to birds, the marshes are extremely important to many recreational and commercial fish species. Among the more popular are speckled trout, red drum, flounder, Atlantic croaker, and mullet. Many other species depend on these nursery areas for at least part of their lives.

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