Ecology is the study of living things and how they interact with their surrounding environment. Characterizing the key habitats and species in the sanctuary waters and surrounding areas helps researchers to better understand the unique ecosystem and monitor changes over time.

Trees full green leaves on either side of a small creek with muddy water.

An overview of a creek running through Mallows Bay Park. Photo: Kevin Olson/NOAA


Discover the variety of habitats in the sanctuary and the land surrounding it.

yellow and dark brown turtle with its head peaking between vegetation

Eastern Box Turtle. Photo: McIntosh/NOAA

Creature Features

Learn about some of the many plants, animals, and insects that call this area home.