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

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


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Close to 38,000 people volunteer with the US Fish and Wildlife Service annually. Wouldn't you like to be one of those ?

Volunteer Opportunities

Pelican Island

Proposed Predator Control Plan for Archie Carr and Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuges

The US Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is proposing to develop a Predator Control Plan for Archie Carr and Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuges (NWRs). This plan is a step-down from the Comprehensive Conservation Plans (CCP) developed for the refuges in 2006 (Pelican Island) and 2008 (Archie Carr). Consultation was initiated for both CCPs during those timeframes. The development for this plan falls under the CCP actions.

Learn full details here . . .

History of Pelican Isand NWR

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Learn about when the refuge was born and hear the Paul Kroegel story, historic milestones, and good information and significant dates after the first refuge was born !

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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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Come and Visit

Wildlife Tours

Centennial Trail Boardwalk

Wildlife Tours are CANCELLED for 2021. FREE Wildlife Tours ! Join refuge volunteers as we take you on a journey through the refuge to observe wildlife.

About the Complex

Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge 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.

Learn more about the NWRS