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Merritt Island
National Wildlife Refuge

American Avocets use the shallow, marshy areas of the refuge in the winter and can usually be seen on Black Point Wildlife Drive foraging for insects and small crustaceans.
State Road 402 (5 miles east of Titusville)
Titusville, FL   32782
E-mail: merrittisland@fws.gov
Phone Number: 321-861-0667
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American Avocets are just one of the migratory birds that visit Merritt Island NWR in the winter. Hundreds of thousands of migratory birds use the refuge from Oct. to March.
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  Wildlife Observation and Photography
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Five hiking trails, ranging from 1/4 mile to five miles in length, a manatee observation deck, an observation tower, and several dike roads open to the public offer alternative wildlife viewing opportunities. One of the best ways for viewing wildlife on the Refuge is by canoe or kayak. Wheelchair accessibility is available at the Refuge visitor information center and its boardwalk, the manatee observation deck and Eddy Creek.

A manatee-viewing platform located at the northeast side of Haulover Canal is the best spot on the Refuge to see manatees. Manatees frequent this spot year-round but can be seen more reliably in spring and fall. Interpretive panels at the platform provide information about this endangered species.

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