The National Wildlife Refuge System is committed to building partnerships which encourage conservation and preservation of our natural and cultural resources. Partnerships with the Refuge System bring innovative approaches to solving land management and water disputes in the most environmentally protective manner. Scientifically-informed and technologically-based stewardship of our public lands, waters, wildlife and special places must be collaborative efforts between the Refuge System, other government agencies, and private organizations if conservation efforts are to succeed.
The St. Marks Refuge Association Inc., formed in 1987, is the 501(c)3 non-profit friends group that supports the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in accomplishing its biological and educational objectives. Finances generated through membership fees and the sale of books, photographs, and other educational items through the Refuge nature store fund refuge projects.
For additional information about the Association and its activities, please go to www.stmarksrefuge.org or write:
St. Marks Refuge Association Inc.P.O. Box 368St. Marks, FL 32355
For special nature themed items for yourself or your family and friends, visit the Association's Nature Store located in the Visitor Center.
The Nature Conservancy in Florida - www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/florida/
Apalachee Audubon Society - www.apalachee.org/aas/
Florida Wildlife Federation - fwfonline.org/
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission - www.myfwc.com/
Florida Forest Service - www.floridaforestservice.com/
USDA Forest Service, National Forests in Florida - www.fs.usda.gov/florida
Get Outdoors Florida! Inc. - www.getoutdoorsflorida.org/
Florida Project Learning Tree - sfrc.ufl.edu/plt
Apalachicola Regional Stewardship Alliance – www.floridainvasives.org/apalachicola/
Dept. of Interior, US Geological Service – www.usgs.gov/state/state.asp?State=FL
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Whooping Cranes, named for their loud and penetrating unison calls,
live and breed in wetland areas, where they feed on crabs, clams,
frogs and aquatic plants. They are distinctive animals, standing five
feet tall, with white bodies, black wing tips and red crowns on their
They are also one of the most endangered. With fewer than 500 left in
the wild, whooping cranes are on the verge of extinction.