Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge
|Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge|
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
|Nearest city||Gautier, Mississippi|
|Area||19,000 acres (77 km2)|
The Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge 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 (77 km2) 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).