Wildlife and Habitat

Pelican
  • Species

    Pinellas Refuge was established as a breeding ground for colonial bird species. Several islands comprise the refuge and include Indian, Tarpon, Mule, and Jackass keys. All the islands are within the St. Petersburg city limits.

    Species nesting on the island include brown pelicans, herons, egrets, cormorants and numerous other species. Tarpon Key once hosted the largest brown pelican rookery in the state of Florida.

    The flats surrounding the island are protected from motorized boating activity to protect the lush sea grass beds.

    The islands are currently closed year-round to all public use because of their small size and critical importance to coastal species.