MISSISSIPPI SANDHILL CRANE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
MISSISSIPPI SANDHILL CRANE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE 7200 Crane Lane Gautier, Mississippi 39553
The Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge is one of more than 540 national wildlife refuges administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It was established in 1975 to safeguard the endangered Mississippi sandhill crane and its unique disappearing wet pine savanna habitat. The refuge consists of more than 19,000 acres in four units and is now part of the Gulf Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The Refuge Complex Manager also administers Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge (Mississippi/Alabama) and Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge (Alabama).
The Mississippi Sandhill Crane Refuge is located in Jackson County, Mississippi, three miles north of Gautier. The headquarters/visitor center is located one-half mile north of I-10, exit 61, on the Gautier-Vancleave road.