Grand Bay Reserve, Mississippi

State

Mississippi

State Partner

Mississippi Department of Marine Resources

Acres

18,049

Est. Date

1999

The salt marshes and pine savannas of Mississippi’s Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve are among the most diverse, productive habitats in the Gulf of Mexico. They support a rich assortment of fish and wildlife, including brown shrimp, speckled trout, oysters, sea turtles, bottlenose dolphin, and on occasion, manatees. The Reserve works with local communities and partners to understand and protect these precious places, improve water quality, educate citizens, and enhance the science-based management of Mississippi’s coastal resources.

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This reserve currently does not have a formal friends organization. Please stay tuned for more information.

Did You Know…

Grand Bay is a stop along the Mississippi Coastal Birding Trail and supports more than 250 bird species, including pelicans, ospreys, marsh birds, waterfowl, wading birds, shorebirds, and migratory songbirds.

Latest News from the Grand Bay Reserve

What did you do last summer?

What did you do last summer?

While summer here at the NERRA “office” was great, we’re more than a little jealous of the Rookery Bay Research Reserve’s education team, who logged a six day road trip to three other Reserves along the Gulf of Mexico.

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A Bird’s Eye View of the NERRS

A Bird’s Eye View of the NERRS

The rufous-breasted red knot migrates more than 9,000 miles every year, wintering as far south as Tierra Del Fuego at the southernmost tip of South America. Along the way, many take a break at South Carolina’s ACE Basin Reserve.

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Talk NERRdy to Me: Nancy Torres & Matt Virden

Talk NERRdy to Me: Nancy Torres & Matt Virden

This month, NERRA’s correspondent-at-large Nik Charov interviewed two Davidson fellows for the price of one: Nancy Torres, at California’s Tijuana River Reserve, and Matt Virden, from Mississippi’s Grand Bay Reserve.

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Grand Bay Reserve, Mississippi