There is much to see at the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve!
The open-water estuarine areas support oyster reefs and extensive seagrass habitats. The intertidal portion of the Reserve includes a wide variety of marsh types as well as some of the most extensive, unvegetated salt flats in this part of the Mississippi Sound. The non-tidal areas include wet pine savannas, coastal bayhead and cypress swamps, freshwater marshes and maritime forests.
Our staff keep their ears and eyes open while conducting research and other projects each week and compile a list of our favorite sights. See below for our most recent sightings!
April: 01- Willet, Osprey 02- Common Yellowthroat, House wren, Blue-grey gnatcatcher, Northern Cardinal, Clapper rail, bald eagle 03- Turkey 07- Turkey 08- Male and female turkey, Indigo bunting, Cornsnake 17- Gopher tortoise 20- Turkey, Black racer, Grass pinks blooming 28- Female turkey
March 05: Swallow tailed Kites March 10: Kestral March 13: Bobcat March 15: Purple Martins at gourds!!; Eastern swallowtail; Eastern Bluebirds; Northern Mockingbird; Yellow Butterworts blooming; March 16: 6 Bobwhites; 4 Osprey intereacting March 20: 2 Osprey fighting Bald Eagle over a mullet; Pitcher plants blooming March 25: Bobcat March […]
February 05: White tailed deer; Northern Bobwhite; Henslow’s Sparrow; Brown-headed Nuthatch February 07: Henslow’s and Swamp Sparrows; Eastern Bluebird February 10: Whitetailed deer; Bald Eagle February 11: Multiple Robins February 12: White tailed deer (large buck); 2 Bald Eagles (flying over center) February 22: Bald Eagle February 24: Bald Eagle
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