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Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge

7200 Crane Lane, Gautier, Mississippi 39553 USA

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“protecting the critically endangered Sandhill Crane”

The Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1975 under authority of the Endangered Species Act to protect the critically endangered Mississippi sandhill cranes and their unique, and itself endangered, wet pine savanna habitat. The crane population, at that time only 30-35 birds, is currently at approximately 200 birds. Through captive rearing and reintroduction to the area as well as wild birds nesting in the savannas, the crane population continues to grow. The refuge also protects and restores the last large expanses of wet pine savanna, primarily through the use of prescribed fire. The wet pine savanna is one of the most diverse ecosystems in the U.S. with more than 30 plants found in a square meter of land.

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July 01, 2016
Rated 3.0

Nothing much here. No birds in sight. Small, relatively interesting visitors center. Great people and staff. Definitely more peaceful than I anticipated.

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January 18, 2024
Rated 4.0

Great film in the visitors center. Volunteers told us exactly where to find the birds. We saw 6. Peaceful hike.

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Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge

7200 Crane Lane
Gautier, Mississippi
39553 USA
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