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Tag: Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

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  • A beach covered in sea turtle eggs and other debris washed ashore from Hurricane Dorian
    Information icon Debris and sea turtle eggs washed up by Hurricane Dorian at Archie Carr NWR. Photo by Erin Seney, UCF Marine Turtle Research Group.

    Dorian report: Sea-turtle nest losses could have been worse

    September 19, 2019 | 5 minute read

    Hurricane Dorian obliterated hundreds of sea-turtle nests at National Wildlife Refuges as it clawed north along the Atlantic coast earlier this month, officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) said. But it could have been much worse. The storm, wildlife refuge staff noted, had dissipated as it neared the fragile, sandy shores where turtles lay eggs. It obliterated some nests, but left others intact. Eroded sand dunes and a lost sea turtle egg at Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge.  Learn more...


  • A bird flies low over a pond for a landing.
    Information icon Common merganser. Photo courtesy of Stan Bousson.

    Hunting season opens with a bang on Merritt Island Refuge

    November 12, 2018 | 2 minute read

    The general waterfowl hunting season has opened big at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Titusville, Florida. More than a dozen vehicles started lining up more than 24 hours in advance for the opening on Saturday, November 17. By the time the refuge opened at 4 a.m. that morning, the line of vehicles stretched over the Max Brewer Bridge into Titusville. So far, 960 hunters have harvested 2,411 ducks over the first two weeks of the regular waterfowl season.  Read the full story...

  • Hundreds of birds flying over a wetland.
    Information icon Waterfowl over ponds. Photo by Kathy Landini, USDA.

    On eve of early waterfowl hunting season, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Merritt Island NWR urges caution related to Hurricane Irma damage

    September 15, 2017 | 2 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today urged waterfowl hunters to use caution on the eve of Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge’s early waterfowl season pointing to damage and access challenges in Hurricane Irma’s wake. The early waterfowl season is set to run from September 16 through September 24. The early teal season will be open as planned this year. Reaching some areas will be challenging. Hunters should expect high water levels, storm damage and submerged debris.  Read the full story...

  • A bright blue bird with bands on its leg perched on a succulent shrub.
    Florida scrub jay. Photo by Gail Hendricks, USDA NRCS.

    Stimulus funds help Florida scrub jays at Merritt refuge

    April 5, 2010 | 3 minute read

    Even a national wildlife refuge has to work hard to keep its habitat the Florida scrub jay needs it: low oak scrub, with no tall trees where predators like hawks can hide. So the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will spend $905,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds – popularly known as stimulus funds – for habitat improvements at Merritt that will help the scrub jay to survive and thrive.  Read the full story...

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