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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.

Volunteer

Whether you are interested in education, stewardship, research, or administrative volunteering, there is something here for everyone. Visit grandbaynerr.org to learn more.

Be A Friend

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

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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Rising to the Challenge

Rising to the Challenge

Flood insurance protects $28.5 billion worth of properties in Alabama and Mississippi — and the Weeks Bay and Grand Bay Reserves are ensuring those who need it can navigate the National Flood Insurance Program successfully.

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Grand Bay Celebrates 20 Years

Grand Bay Celebrates 20 Years

Hats off to Mississippi’s Grand Bay Reserve for their 20 years of success in understanding and protecting a very special place on the Gulf of Mexico.

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Grand Bay Reserve, Mississippi