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Features

New Hunt/Fish Opportunities

The New Hunt Program Changes as of August 31, 2020 in the Final 2020-2021 Station-Specific Hunting and Sport Fishing Regulations process.

Learn the Details . . .

NEWS

Indian Pass Campground

The new Restoration Plan proposed by the Florida Trustee Implementation Group includes St. Vincent NWR's proposal to purchase the Indian Pass Campground. The purpose of the acquisition is to allow for us to continue to use our current access point to store our barge and to access St. Vincent Island. We will also increase the parking area for the public boat ramp and add a kayak launch site. The links below allow you to look at the plan and attend a public webinar. They will also allow you to comment on the proposals.

Review Draft Plan and Join Webinar

Refuge Update

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Update on the St. Vincent NWR wildlife: Red Wolves: We do have a 2019 litter of red wolf pups this season resulting in a multigenerational pack of American red wolves. Turtles: As of the 4th of July, we have 54 loggerhead sea turtle nests and 3 green sea turtle nests. More to come! Birds: The wading bird rookery on Lake 5 is doing very well after the Hurricane with Snowy and Great Egrets, Tricolor and Little Blue Herons, Anhinga, and Glossy Ibis nesting among others. This season we have already documented Snowy Plover nesting on Refuge beaches (3 fledged chicks so far), two American Oystercatcher nests, two Least Tern ground nesting colonies, and for the very first time, Black Skimmer nesting on the Refuge south of Thom's Pond. Bats: A survey was conducted on July 28th using an Anabat recorder, and after our data is analyzed we will have a greater understanding of which bat species are present on the island. Fishing: Fishing is open in Refuge lakes following state license and limits. Hunts: Permits for the October 31-November 2 public archery hunt go on sale online on July 11 at myfwc.com/hunting. Plants: We're continuing to work on removing invasive plants, and any interest in volunteering to eliminate nuisance species would be both extremely helpful and appreciated. We have reports of several areas sporting new growth Gulf Coast Lupine (Lupianus Westianus), a FWC red listed plant.

eBird Tracker

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Find out what birds are being seen at the refuge, including the most recent sightings.

eBird Tracker

Friends of St. Vincent NWR

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We are a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization dedicated to helping the St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge in all aspects of its mission. Learn more about us and other partners.

Partnerships
Featured Stories

New Refuge Office

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The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has purchased the historic Fry-Conter home, which will now become the new office and Visitor Center for the St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge. The St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge offices and Visitor Center were formerly housed inside the Harbormaster’s House at Scipio Creek. The offices should be open by the end of 2016; however the visitor center will take much longer.

About the Complex

North Florida Refuges Complex

St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the North Florida Refuges 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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