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Great White Heron
National Wildlife Refuge

28950 Watson Boulevard
Big Pine Key, FL   33043
E-mail: keydeer@fws.gov
Phone Number: 305-872-0774
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Bald eagles, Great White Herons, and ospreys inhabit the Great White Heron NWR.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Anglers can enjoy some of the best flats fishing found anywhere in the world.

Hunting is not permitted in the refuge, but fishing is permitted.

Wildlife Observation
There are brochures and displays about the refuge available at the National Key Deer Refuge visitor center located on Big Pine Key.

Visitors can observe and photograph wildlife by boat, and some islands are accessible. The refuge has many tidal flats that wading birds use for foraging throughout the day, providing excellent viewing opportunities. Please visit the National Key Deer Refuge visitor center for information regarding restricted access areas.

Leave No Trace
Leave No Trace is a national educational program to inform visitors about reducing the damage caused by outdoor activities, particularly non-motorized recreation. Leave No Trace principles and practices are based on an abiding respect for the natural world and our fellow wildland visitors. We can act on behalf of the places and wildlife that inspire us by adopting the skills and ethics that enable us to Leave No Trace.

1. Plan ahead and prepare.
2. Travel on durable surfaces.
3. Dispose of waste properly.
4. Leave what you find.
5. Respect wildlife.
6. Be considerate of other visitors.

For more information on Leave No Trace, visit the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics Web site. (http://www.lnt.org)

The refuge visitor center is open 8:30AM to 4:30PM Monday through Saturday.

Entrance Fees
There are no entrance fees to the refuge

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