Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you do the following:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Face masks are required in all federal buildings and on all federal lands.
  • Maintain a safe distance between yourself and other groups.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


News

Why are some areas closed?

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Certain areas are designated as wildlife sanctuaries and are set aside to provide nesting and resting habitat for sea turtles, shorebirds, colonial seabirds and other migratory birds.

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What is the military history on Egmont?

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Ft. Dade was built in 1882 on Egmont Key with temporary gun batteries to protect Tampa at the outbreak of the Spanish/American War. Over 70 buildings were built between 1899 and 1916 and a small town with 300 residents existed.

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eBird Tracker

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See what birds are being spotted here at the refuge with our e-Bird Tracker before you visit!

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Supporters

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The Friends of Tampa Bay National Wildlife Refuges Inc is the official refuge support group. The group was formed in 2007. Since then, the Friends of Tampa Bay NWR have helped raise awareness and resources for the protection of wildlife and habitat in Egmont Key NWR, Pinellas NWR and Passage Key NWR, including the recruitment and training of about 100 volunteers.

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About the Complex

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Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Crystal River Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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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