National Wildlife Refuge
|P.O. Box 645
Hobe Sound, FL 33475 - 0645
Phone Number: 561-546-6141
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Continued . . . Part of the refuge sits atop ancient sand dunes that reflect the cycles of deposition and erosion in response to sea-level changes during the last 65 million years. These dunes and their associated lagoons served as important ecological environments that provided the subsistence for the tribal groups that lived here before their extinction following European colonization and American settlement.
Early in the 20th century, the rush to develop Florida resulted in the great loss of native habitats. However, this refuge's very existence was borne out of the vision of conservation-minded 20th Century settlers to the area who conveyed its lands to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in an effort to preserve and protect such rare and threatened species as the mermaid-like manatees, the chattering scrub jays, and lumbering, gargantuan leatherback sea turtles.
The rush to develop Florida in the early 20th Century resulted in the great loss of native habitats. Joseph V. Reed identified the need to protect the ecosystems at Hobe Sound and in 1967 established the Reed Wilderness Seashore Sanctuary. The refuge is located near the birth-place of the National Wildlife Refuge System at Pelican Island. We continue to be indebted to President Theodore Roosevelt who made a promise to the American people to set aside a network of lands and waters for wildlife now known as the National Wildlife Refuge System.
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