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Resources of Banana River Aquatic Preserve Quick Topics

  • Archaeological Resources

    The Ais Indians occupied the shores of the Indian River Lagoon for several thousand years before the first Europeans arrived. They depended on the lagoon for transportation and for food. They left behind many burial mounds and trash mizzens. While many of these mizzens were used as fill material for roads earlier this century, some were studied extensively.
Mangroves and saltmarsh
  • Natural Communities

    The major natural communities of the Banana River are mangrove forests, seagrass meadows, algal beds and salt marsh. It also contains oyster bars and tidal flats.
 
White pelicans
  • Wildlife

    Banana River is home for 22 species of threatened or endangered animals and one plant. The mangroves and seagrass beds are nursery grounds for many species of fish such as grouper, snapper, snook, seatrout and tarpon. The lagoon is also an important overwintering area for migratory birds and manatees.

 

 

Last updated: September 23, 2010

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