Sightings Gallery

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!


Sightings June 2018- September 2018

June 6/6- Female diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin) 6/15- Pig frog call (Lithobates grylio) July 7/10- Large alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) 7/10- Gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) 7/20- Box turtle- (Terrapene carolina) August 8/20 and 8/21- Fox squirrel (Sciurus niger) 8/23- Feral hog (Sus scrofa) 8/31- Banded water snake (Nerodia fasciata) September 9/18- […]

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Sightings November 2017-May 2018

November 2017 11/7 – Long Tailed Skipper (Urbanus proteus) 11/8 – Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 11/16 – White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) 11/16 – Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) 11/21 – Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 11/21 – Eastern Mud Turtle (2) (Kinosternon subrubrum) 11/21 – Black Racer (Coluber constrictor) December 2017 12/6 – […]

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Sightings for June – October 2017

June 2017 6/13- Marsh rice rat (Oryzomys palustris) 6/15- Speckled king snake (Lampropeltis getula holibrooki) July 2017 7/18- Bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucoceophalus) 7/20- Cookie monster (Muppet crustulumi) 7/24- Great horned owl (Bubo virginianus) August 2017 8/8- Southeastern five-lined skink (Pleistodon inexpectatus) 8/16- Green tree frog (Hyla cinerea) 8/17- Black vulture (Coragyps atratus) 8/31- Ruby-throated hummingbirds (Archilochus colubris) […]

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