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Celebrating a Century of Conservation
Centennial sectionEducationGeneral Interest sectionHabitats and Conservation sectionPolicy Makers section
PELICAN ISLAND, March 14, 2003

Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton and Pelican Island Elementary school children plant live oak seedlings at the Pelican Island Centennial Celebration.

Paul Tritaik, refuge manager of Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, introduces Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton. In his opening remarks, Paul Tritaik thanks the Pelican Island Historical Preservation Society, Conoco Phillips, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the many other partners that helped make this event possible.

Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton, Paul Tritaik, refuge manager of Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, walk along the centennial trail, toward the centenenial boardwalk for the dedication. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Steve Williams follows as he talks with members of the Centennial Commission.

Director Steve Williams and Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton pose for photos on the observation platform looking out towards Pelican Island.

Hundreds of Florida spectators and FWS retirees attended the Pelican Island centennial celebration in Riverview Park, Vero Beach, Florida.

Jernie Talles, a local youth, sings the national anthem to the enthusiastic crowd. Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service, Steve Williams, looks on with pride.

Congressman David Weldon helps install the last board on the Pelican Island Centennial boardwalk.

Secretary Gale Norton presents a rehabilitated bobcat for the crowd with Jack Hanna.

After the unveiling of the Pelican Island U.S. postage stamp, Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton speaks to the crowd and stresses the importance of American families staying connected to the outdoors and declares that "refuges are the window into the nation's soul".
—  All images courtesy of Ryan Hagerty/USFWS
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