Located on the southern side of the South Newport River in McIntosh County. The refuge consists of saltwater and freshwater ponds, marsh, grasslands, mixed deciduous woods and croplands. The diversity of habitats attracts many species of birds throughout the year, but the premie species is the Wood Stork. They are actively managed for. In the summer there are thousands of wading birds in the freshwater ponds. In the winter, there are large concentrations of ducks.
Sighting Source Key: 1=published reports,; 2=surveys (CBC; BBS; etc.); 3=personal observations; 4=other sources (specify)
Primary issue is to actively manage for recovery of the Wood Stork. In times of drought, water must be pumped from the Floridian aquifer to maintain water levels. Development is occuring mostly to the West of the Refuge as higher income housing.