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  • Sightings April 2019 – August 2019
    October 30, 2019

    April 2019 4/3- Large white tailed deer (2); Male painted bunting 4/12- Blue-gray gnat catcher 4/16- Glass lizard 4/19- Yellow colicroot 4/24- Rose orchid/pogonia; wild onion/garlic May 2019 5/1- Large bald eagle 5/7- Red-headed woodpecker 5/8- Gulf Coast box turtles (4) 5/16- Large white tailed deer 5/20- Baby box turtle 5/24- Green anole 5/30- Fox squirrel June 2019 6/10- American alligator 6/12- Southern flying squirrel 6/26- Gopher tortoise 6/27- Bobwhite quail August 2019 8/12- Tripletail […]

  • We’re looking for volunteers for fall 2019!
    August 23, 2019

    It’s already gearing up to be a busy fall at the Grand Bay NERR. Earlier this summer we celebrated our 20th year as a Reserve with an open house for guests. To continue the celebration, our National Estuaries Day event will have even more fun for the family! In addition to our usual “Seaside with the Scientists” event where guests meet our scientists in the estuary by boat, we’ll have exhibitors from other science institutions, activities in […]

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About Grand Bay NERR

The Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) was established in 1999 and is managed by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources as part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Estuarine Research Reserve System. The Grand Bay NERR is comprised of approximately 18,000 acres and contains pine savannas, salt marshes, salt pannes, bays and bayous as well as terrestrial habitats that are unique to the coastal zone.

Admission to the Grand Bay Coastal Resources Center is free. The most accurate way to find our building is type in “6005 Bayou Heron Rd, Moss Point, MS 39562” in your GPS or map app on your smartphone. Typing in “Grand Bay NERR” may take you to a part of the Reserve, but it won’t take you to the building. 

Don’t want to leave your house? Here’s a virtual boardwalk tour and story book for the kids! Click on the image below to view the Story Map.


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Notice to Dorm Guests:

Effective July 1, 2016, the dorm fee will increase to $15 per night per person. All reservations made on or after this date will be subject to the new rate.

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For Visiting Professionals

Our facility consists of office space, an interpretative area, classrooms, laboratories, and a dormitory that are available to visiting researchers, educators, non-profit organizations, agencies, and community groups.

Special Use Permit

A Special Use Permit is required from the MS Department of Marine Resources for all researchers doing work at Grand Bay NERR.


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