Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge
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America's First National Wildlife Refuge

Aerial photo of Pelican Island
Photo: USFWS

Visiting the Refuge

New public facilities were opened on March 14, 2003 as part of the Centennial Celebration.

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New Beginning Bird Watching Tours offered October -March

Black and white photo of Koepel sitting with a pelican
Photo: USFWS

Pelican Island - The First 100 Years

The history, management challenges and partnering to prepare the refuge for the Centennial and beyond.

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Pelican Island at dusk
Photo: 1Sock.

Our Centennial Celebration -- March 9 - 16, 2003

A summary of the events that took place to celebrate the Centennial.

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Pelican Island at dusk
Photo: Peter Long.

For The Media

News releases, press kit materials, and 300 dpi photos

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May 9, 2010 -- First two birds, oiled from the Gulf spill, readied for release at Pelican Island NWR

A sea turtle hatchling leaves tracks
Photo: QNR.

Other Refuges Administered

Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge
America's Most Important Sea Turtle Nesting Beaches

Lake Wales Ridge National Wildlife Refuge

Black and white photo of Koepel sitting with a pelican
Photo: USFWS

Featured Website

OspreyWatch at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge

 

 

 

A brown pelican flies over open water
A brown pelican that had once been oiled by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill soars after being released at Pelican Island. Photo by Nick Wirwa, USFWS.


Greenery surrounds a creek
Greenery surrounding a creek at Pelican Island. Photo by 1Sock.

 

Last updated: April 11, 2011