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at Merritt Island
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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.

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May, 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

May 2017 - MINWR calendar
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Legendary Lagoons at Merritt Island NWR
Wednesday, 5/10 and Friday, 5/12 and 5/19 at 10 am
The Space Coast is widely known to have some of the best saltwater fishing in the state of Florida. With it's diverse system of lagoons, canals, grass flats, and marshes, Merritt Island is one of the most popular destinations to fish the big four sport fish of Florida: Snook, Redfish, Spotted Sea Trout, and Tarpon. Come explore these varying habitats and gain insight into techniques and equipment used to land these highly sought after species.

Black Point Bus Tour
Some Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 9 am
Join a knowledgeable refuge volunteer for a guided two 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 Tuesday: 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30
Dates for Thursday: 5/11, 5/18, 5/25
Dates for Saturday: 5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 5/27

Boardwalk Hike
Thursdays at 12:00 pm
Join for a guided tour of the 1/4 mile boardwalk hike around the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center to learn about the local flora, fauna and history of the area.

Shorebird Chat
Saturday, May 6 at 1 pm
Meet at 1 pm at the visitor center for a short PowerPoint then join us for a field trip to look for shorebirds.

Butterfly Survey, Volunteers Needed
Saturday, May 6 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

All About Alligators Talk
May 10, 11, 17, 18, 23 & 31 at 11:30 am
Learn about the natural history of this intriguing reptile and handle gator bio-facts. Held in the auditorium of the visitor center.

Palm Hammock Hike
Wednesday, May 17 at 9 am
Take a guided walk along the 2 mile loop at Palm Hammock Trail. Wear long pants and sturdy footwear. Bring insect repellent and drinking water as well! Please meet at the trailhead at 10:00 a.m. Join us rain or shine!

Manatee Chat
Wednesday May 24 at 12:30 pm
Enjoy a photo presentation about manatees. Learn about its legends, folklore, and conservation efforts here on the refuge. Held in the auditorium of the visitor center.


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
Girls birding
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.


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.

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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