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at Merritt Island
National Wildlife Refuge
321-861-0667


The Refuge Visitor Center will be closed on Sundays from April through October. The center will continue to be open Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm. The Visitor Center is located on SR 402, 5 miles east of U.S. 1 in Titusville.
Canaveral National Seashore/Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Fee Increase
Beginning January 1, 2017 vehicle entrance fees will increase for both seashore and refuge from $5 per vehicle to $10 per vehicle. The Canaveral/Merritt Island Annual Pass will increase from $35 to $40 per calendar year. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge (only) Annual Pass will increase from $15 to $25. Visitors with a Refuge only pass or a Federal Duck Hunting Pass may upgrade to include the seashore for $15.

Junior Ranger Program


Points of Interest

Merritt Island N.W.R. & Canaveral N.S.
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January, 2017
Free Public Events

For reservation and more information,
call our visitor center at 321-861-0669.
Spread Your Wings On A National Wildlife Refuge

Jan. 2017 - MINWR calendar
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Brevard Water Color Society- Nature Exhibit
November 7 - January 31
The Titusville Art League art work and photography will be collectively displayed in the visitor center auditorium during regular operating hours. Exhibit viewing at Refuge Visitor Center Auditorium during November through January, Sunday through Saturday, 8 am to 4 pm.

Butterfly Survey, Volunteers Needed
Saturday, January 7 at 12:30 pm
View a photo presentation to learn how to identify butterflies. Then, participate in a butterfly survey to collect data for North American Butterfly Count and Florida Butterfly Monitoring Network. Bring water, snacks, insect repellent and wear closed shoes and long pants. Meet in the auditorium in the visitor center.

Beginner Birder Bus Tour
Every Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 9 am
Join a knowledgeable refuge volunteer for a guided 3 hour in the Refuge Shuttle bus for an opportunity to identify the varieties of birds found on the Refuge such as the Reddish Egret, Florida Scrub jay, Great Blue herons and many more! Meet at the refuge visitor information center front desk. Space is limited so please call (321) 861-0669 for reservations. Fee of $5 per person, $2.50 with senior or access pass.
      Dates for Sunday: 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29
      Dates for Tuesday: 1/3, 1/10, 1/17, 1/31
      Dates for Thursday: 1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26
      Dates for Saturday: 1/7, 1/14, 1/28

Boardwalk Hike
Every Tuesday and Thursday at 1 pm
Take a guided walk along a 1/4 mile boardwalk that travels through three habitats to learn about the animals and plants. Boardwalk is wheelchair accessible. Call 321-861-0669 to make reservations.
      Dates for Tuesday: 1/3,1/10, 1/17, 1/31
      Dates for Thursday: 1/5, 1/12, 1/19

All about Alligator Talk
Every Tuesday at 12:15 pm
Learn about the natural history of this intriguing reptile and handle gator bio-facts. Held in the auditorium of the visitor center.

Bobcat Talk
Every Thursday at 12:30 pm
View a photo presentation about the elusive creatures and learn about the bobcat's natural history.

Eagle Talk
1st and 3rd Wednesday at 12:30 pm
Enjoy a photo presentation about the American Bald Eagle, and learn the life history of our National Bird. Held in the auditorium of the visitor center.

Kids Can Learn to Be Citizen Scientists at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

Boy birding with scope. Titusville: On Saturday, January 14th, 2017 kids and families will have the chance to become citizen scientists by taking part in an old tradition with a new twist, the 2017 Christmas Bird Count for Kids (CBC4K).

This special event will be held at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center from 9am-12pm. A binocular boot camp will kick-off the event, after which kids will divide into teams and head out into the field with volunteer experts to count and record the species of birds they locate. Teams will meet back at the visitor center after the count for snacks and hot chocolate and to tally their results.

The CBC4K is designed as a way for families to have fun outdoors and learn more about local birds. Kids of all birding abilities are encouraged to participate. All participants should come dressed for spending time outdoors. Bring your own binoculars or borrow some from the Refuge. Parents must accompany their children.

For more information, please contact the Refuge Visitor Center at 321-861-0669.
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Two girls birding.
Kids Christmas Bird Count
No experience necessary ~ Saturday, January 14 from 9 am to 12 pm
Free family fun for kids of all ages to learn how to do a Christmas Bird Count on a smaller scale. Learn how to use binoculars and compete in teams to record the number of species of birds you locate with an experienced birder. For more information and how to participate, call 321-861-0669. No reservations necessary.

Cruickshank Hike
Saturday, January 21 at 10 am
Take a guided walk along a 5 mile trail on Black Point Wildlife Drive and learn about the wildlife and plants on the trail. Wear long pants, and bring insect repellent, drinking water, and lunch. Please meet at the visitor center and call 321-861-0669 for reservations.

20th Annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival
Tuesday, January 25 -- Monday, January 30
Celebrate the Annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival with week-long events and programs. For more details, http://www.spacecoastbirdingandwildlifefestival.org/

Beauty of Birding in Costa Rica
Monday January 30 at 9:30 am
Join natural history specialist, Paulo Valerio for an introduction to the variety and splendid birding 'hot spots' of Costa Rica. Explore the diversity of what Costa Rica birding has to offer! Held in the auditorium of the visitor center. Open to public.


Puddles - our FWS logo duck - with an admirer Kids with a spotting scope A birding tour on Black Point Drive
An Owl presentation at MINWR Admiring the birds on Black Point Drive.


About The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.
Connect with us on social media at www.facebook.com/usfwssoutheast, www.twitter.com/usfwssoutheast, http://www.youtube.com/usfws, and http://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwssoutheast.


Learn how you can help protect and preserve your natural resources. Start here at http://www.fws.gov/refuge/merritt_island. Consider volunteering or joining The Merritt Island Wildlife Association, http://www.merrittislandwildlifeassociation.org


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Adopt a Trail...Shore...Spot...Road Program

Litter pick up at MINWR. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is proud to announce a new program to help reduce and control litter. Individuals, families, civic groups, clubs, school groups and businesses are invited to participate. The program is patterned after the National Adopt a Road program. Areas open for adoption include interior roads, shorelines, trails and spots such as boat launches and Refuge entrances. Participating members of the program will commit to three litter clean ups per year in their adopted area. Adopting organizations will get a recognition sign posted at their site. Please join us in keeping your refuge clean. Please call Mary Bibler, Pathways Intern at 321-861-0668 for more information.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov/southeast. Connect with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usfwssoutheast, follow our tweets at www.twitter.com/usfwssoutheast, watch our YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/usfws, and download photos from our Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwssoutheast.

Please call Mary Bibler, Pathways Intern at 321-861-0668 for more information.



The Visitor Center is located on SR 402, 5 miles east of U.S. 1 in Titusville.





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For more information, please contact us at:
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

Mary Bibler, Pathways Intern
P.O. Box 2683
Titusville, Florida 32781
321-861-0668
Email: mary_bibler@fws.gov


U.S. Department of the Interior
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


On March 14, 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt signed an Executive Order creating Pelican Island as the country's first national wildlife refuge. Roosevelt went on to establish an additional 54 national wildlife refuges during his two terms and set historic conservation values for America. These values have grown into a system, which today, consists of 562 National Wildlife Refuges on more than 150 million acres of America's most important wildlife habitat. As part of its mission, the Service manages 562 national wildlife refuges and other units of the Refuge System covering 150 million acres. These areas comprise the National Wildlife Refuge System, the world's largest collection of lands and waters set aside specifically for fish and wildlife.

The majority of these lands, 77 million acres are in Alaska, while 54 million acres are part of three marine national monuments in the Pacific Ocean. The remaining acres are spread across the other 49 states and several United States territories. In addition to refuges, the Service manages thousands of small wetlands, 38 wetland management districts, 70 national fish hatcheries, 65 fishery resource offices, and 81 ecological services field stations.

The Service enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.

About The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.



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