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


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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

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?

Find Out What To Do.

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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