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    Support the Friends Group!

    The non-profit group helps the refuge put on special events, promotes awareness, and so much more!

    Merritt Island Wildlife Association

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    Manatee Viewing

    The Manatee Observation Deck is a handicap accessible opportunity to view manatees in the wild.

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    Adopt a Trail Program

    Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is proud to announce this new program to help reduce and control litter. Become a proud participant.


Duck Stamp


Duck Stamps are pictorial stamps produced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. They are not valid for postage. Created in 1934 as federal licenses required for hunting migratory waterfowl, Federal Duck Stamps have a much larger purpose today.

Duck Stamp Program

About the Complex

Merritt Island Complex

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The Merritt Island Complex manages St. Johns, Merritt Island and Lake Woodruff NWR's.

Merritt Island is managed as part of the Merritt Island Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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Latest News

  • Waterfowl Hunt


    Waterfowl hunting is permitted only on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years day during the season. The 2015-2016 season is November 21-29 and December 12-January 31. Hunting occurs in most areas of the refuge from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 12 pm. Hunting is prohibited on Black Point Wildlife Drive. For more hunting information visit

    Impoundment Conditions
  • Big Game Hunting

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    The Refuge's first annual Big Game Archery Hunt was October 16-18, 2015. Thirty quota-hunt permits were available for the hunt. Over 900 applicants applied for the available permits. A total of 11 white-tailed deer (5 buck; 6 antlerless) and 4 hogs were harvested during the hunt.

    Deer/Hog Hunt Summary
  • Fee Free Days!


    Get outside and enjoy some of the country’s most magical places – America’s national wildlife refuges will offer free admission on these days in 2015.

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  • Found Wildlife


    Have you found a baby bird in your yard? See an injured bird on the road? Racoons in your attic?

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Page Photo Credits — FL Scrub-jay - Mitch McConnell, Pine Warbler - Danny Bales, , by NRCA, Butterfly - Andrea Westmoreland, Green anole - Vicki's Nature, River Otter -  Chris Paul Photography,
Last Updated: Nov 10, 2015


  • Monthly Butterfly Survey

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  • Beginning Bird Tours

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    Join a refuge volunteer for a 3 hour guided tour in the refuge shuttle bus to learn how to identify a variety of bird species.

    Beginning Bird Watch Bus Tour - Sundays
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