The Perdido Key beach mouse provides a big benefit to beaches that are part of Gulf Islands National Seashore.
To celebrate and raise awareness of the role beach mice play, the national seashore is unveiling its third resource car magnet. There are already magnets for shorebirds and sea turtles.
Magnets are available at the Perdido Key Entrance Station and the Fort Pickens Discovery Center.
The mouse species, which is unique to the Perdido Key area, is primarily found in the Perdido Key Area of the national seashore as well as in Gulf State Park and Perdido Key State Park. The mice inhabit beach dunes and coastal scrub habitats, digging burrows to rest, raise their young and store food.
In addition to the magnet, the park is also releasing a new educational rack card for visitors to learn more about beach mice.
For more information, visit https://www.nps.gov/guis/learn/nature/pk-beach-mouse.htm.
As seen in the Oct. 10 issue of Navarre Press.
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