Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsGreat White Heron National Wildlife Refuge
IUCN Category V (Protected Landscape/Seascape)
|Location||Monroe County, Florida, United States|
|Nearest city||Key West, Florida|
|Area||6,207 acres (25 km2) land, 123,980 acres (502 km2) water|
|Established||October 27, 1938|
|Governing body||US Fish & Wildlife Service|
|Website||Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge|
The Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge is part of the United States National Wildlife Refuge System, located in a region known as the 'Backcountry', which reaches from north of Marathon to north of Key West. It is along the north side of the Keys in that area that border the Gulf of Mexico. The 130,187 acre (527 km2) refuge (6,207 acres (25 km2) of it land, 123,980 (502 km2) water) was established on October 27, 1938, as a haven for great white herons, migratory birds, and other wildlife Approximately 1,900 acres (8 km2) are designated as a National Wilderness Area. The refuge is administered as part of the National Key Deer Refuge.
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