The four refuges that occupy this environmentally sensitive area in south Florida − Key West National Wildlife Refuge, National Key Deer Wildlife Refuge , Great White Heron, and Crocodile Lake Refuge – provide critical nesting, feeding and resting areas for more than 250 species of birds, including many which only venture into the U.S. in this area. Among the treats you may see while birding the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuge: Great White Herons, Mangrove Cuckoos, Antillean Nighthawks, and Gray Kingbirds.
The refuges also shelter federally protected species ranging from the American crocodile and the Key deer to the Key Largo cotton mouse and the Schaus swallowtail butterfly, and provides crucial breeding grounds for rare loggerhead and green sea turtles.
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