Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge

Fish and Wildlife Service, Louisiana.

Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge conserves and protects freshwater marshes in western Terrebonne Parish in south–central Louisiana. The refuge's freshwater marshes attract thousands of migratory waterfowl. Forested habitats provide critical spring and fall habitat for neotropical migratory birds. A unique habitat found at Mandalay is called flotant marsh - a floating marsh. The refuge is intersected with levees and man-made canals, and bisected by the Gulf Intercoastal Waterway  

Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge is a priority wetland conservation project of the Gulf Coast Joint Venture of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan due to the importance of its habitat for waterfowl in the Mississippi Flyway. The refuge is the homeland of the Chitmatcha and Houma people who still live in the area today. 

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The refuge is located 5 miles southwest of Houma, LA. Houma is approximately 60 miles southwest of New Orleans, LA. The refuge is only accessible by boat. The headquaters is located 5 miles West of Houma, LA on LA Highway 182.

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