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at Merritt Island
National Wildlife Refuge
321-861-0667


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Merritt Island N.W.R. & Canaveral N.S.
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The Visitor Information Center is open 8 am to 4 pm daily November 1 through March 31. April 1 through October 31 the Visitor Center is open Monday through Saturday, 8 am to 4 pm. It is closed most federal holidays.
Note: Starting in May, the Visitor Center will be closed on Sundays.


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


June 2019

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BLACK POINT BUS TOUR
9AM - 11AM Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
Join a knowledgeable refuge volunteer for a guided two hour tour in the Refuge Shuttle Bus for an opportunity to learn about the variety of wildlife found on the refuge. Meet at the Refuge Visitor Center. Space is limited so please call (321) 861-0669 for reservations. Fee of $5 per person, $2.50 with senior or access pass.

BUTTERFLY SURVEY
Saturday, June 1st starting at 9AM
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 of the refuge visitor center.

SCIENCE ON THE ISLAND
Tuesday, June 11th
Shannon Egger from the Marine Resources Council will share research concerning the 156-mile long local estuary, the Indian River Lagoon. Join this la- goon literacy presentation on the impacts human choices are having on this body of water.

ASK A BIRDER
Wednesdays from 10AM - 12PM
Do you have a specific birding-related question? Maybe you want to see a certain bird or have a picture and need help identifying it! If this is the case, then visit us on Wednesdays. A knowledgeable birder is ready to answer your questions at the Refuge visitor center front desk. Science on Merritt Island

MANATEE MANIA
Wednesdays from 1PM - 3PM
Visit the Manatee Observation Deck on Haulover Canal to chat with volunteers about one of Florida's favorite megafauna. Learn about their diets, habits and threats on Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and touch manatee bones to discover their natural history.

ALL ABOUT ALLIGATORS
Wednesday, June 12 & June 19 at 10AM
Join us to explore the natural history of this intriguing reptile. Handle gator bio-facts and learn fun facts like how to estimate the size alligators that you see. Held in the refuge visitor center auditorium. 30 minutes

SCIENCE OF SEA TURTLES
Wednesdays at 8PM
Join a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ranger to learn about nesting sea turtles within Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and Canaveral National Seashore. Witness a wild sea turtle build a nest after a talk at the refuge visitor center. $14/ person. Reservations are required. Call to reserve a spot at 321-861-0669.

HOW HANDS CHANGED THE LAND
Thursdays at 10AM
Long before the Kennedy Space Center or Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge came to exist, wildlife and people alike called this place home. Learn about how as the land changed hands, hands changed the lands in this 45-minute auditorium talk. There will not be a program on June 7th.


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, https://www.youtube.com/usfws, and https://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 https://www.fws.gov/refuge/merritt_island. Consider volunteering or joining The Merritt Island Wildlife Association, https://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 https://www.youtube.com/usfws, and download photos from our Flickr page at https://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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