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Deer Island

Deer Island
From: GEMS, 2003; Deer Island Gallery, 2003

Deer Island is a marshy island located in the Gulf of Mexico just SE of Biloxi in Mississippi. The island has been designated as a Mississippi Coastal Preserve. This preserve is also known as a rookery for the great blue heron. Boaters and anglers use the area on occasional and seasonal basis for waterfowl hunting (sparingly) and fishing.

Coordinates:   30.38° N   88.85° W

Nearest Largest City:   Biloxi, Mississippi, USA

Selected Characteristics:
Length:   6.4 km

Community Structure:
The environment and ecological community on Deer Island consist of white beaches, tall pine trees, salt marshes and salt grasses. The island supports the following five species of animals: American alligator and mottled duck in the marsh, and osprey, loggerhead turtle and diamond terrapin in the interior.

References:
Deer Island Gallery. Located on the web at: http://www.stormloader.com/fishman/gallery2.htm

Gulf Ecological Management Site. Located on the web at: http://www.dmr.state.ms.us/Coastal%20Ecology/Gems/Deer%20Island.htm


Additional Information:
Gulf Ecological Management Site - Deer Island Coastal Preserve
Deer Island Gallery

Keywords:   American alligator, Mottled duck, Osprey, Loggerhead turtle, Diamond terrapin, Salt grass, Sand beach, Salt marsh


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