Egmont Key NWR is managed as part of the Crystal River Complex. A National Wildlife Refuge Complex is an administrative grouping of two or more refuges, wildlife management areas or other refuge conservation areas that are primarily managed from a central office location. Refuges are grouped into a complex structure because they occur in a similar ecological region, such as a watershed or specific habitat type, and have a related purpose and management needs. Typically, a project leader or complex manager oversees the general management of all refuges within the complex and refuge managers are responsible for operations at specific refuges. Supporting staff, composed of administrative, law enforcement, refuge manager, biological, fire, visitor services, and maintenance professionals, are centrally located and support all refuges within the complex.
The Crystal River NWR Complex includes the three national wildlife refuges in the Tampa Bay area (Egmont Key NWR, Passage Key NWR, and Pinellas NWR) and two in Citrus County (Chassahowitzka NWR and Crystal River NWR).
The three Tampa Bay refuges consist of only islands. Hence the headquarters location of the complex at Crystal River:
1502 S.E. Kings Bay DriveCrystal River, FL 34429
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Egmont Key NWR provides nesting, feeding, and resting habitat for brown pelicans