McIntyre Creek

Lng: -82.10370 Lat: 26.46452Back to site data


McIntyre Creek is one of the main entrances by boat for fishermen into the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge. The back bays and mangrove-lined creeks that help define the Refuge provide productive habitats for wading birds, fishes, and manatees. Research has shown that the main driver of salinity changes here is not local rainfall, but the flows from S79, an indication of the regional effects that flood and water policies have on the coastal barrier islands and the Refuge. Abundant seagrass (Thalassia testudinum, Halodule wrightii, Syringodium filiforme) and complex bays and tidal creeks make this area a primary nursery for fish and invertebrates. 

Funding for installation of RECON at McIntyre Creek was provided by the USFWS.