The purpose of the
Merritt Island Wildlife Association

is to promote conservation,
awareness, and appreciation of the
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
and to provide assistance to
the Refuge programs.

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Habi-Chat Our Quarterly Newsletter
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MMIWA booth at the 2013 SCBWF.
Our booth at the 2013 Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival.

Entrance Fee at
Black Point Wildlife Drive
and Boat Ramps
& Seashore Rate Structure

Locating the highlights of Merritt Island N.W.R.
& Canaveral N.S.
Photographs by Al McKinley

These photographs accompany the Google Map below..
Merritt Island NWR's new van.
MIWA Board & MINWR Staff with New Tour Bus
Photo by Sandee Larsen

Take a Tour in Style

MIWA is happy to announce the Refuge Tour Bus has been delivered! The Star Craft 14 Passenger Bus is a dream come true. It has a center aisle, step up stairs for ease of entry, dual A.C., and a speaker system (no more yelling to the back of the bus!). Watch for our Refuge Events announcements and consider attending a birding tour (Nov.-March) in the bus. MIWA Members are free.

Thank you to members Linda Nociti, Don Doerr and Carol Stevens for donating to our tour bus fund. And a "BIG THANK YOU" to the Jean Vance Trust for her major donation and to MINWR Supervisory Ranger Dorn Whitmore for helping acquire a matching grand for the purchase.
Sandee Larson, MOWA Bookery Manager

Chris Fairey, President; Laurilee Thompson, Vice President
Bob Champaigne, Treasurer; Tom Altif, Secretary
George English, President Emeritus

Board Members
Thad Altman, Kathleen Burson
Jim Butts, James Clark, Dan Click
Eric Gardze, Clay Henderson
Darleen Hunt, Robert Hutchison
Al McKinley, Truman Scarborough
Ned Steel, Diane Stees & Charlie Venuto

Refuge Manager: Layne Hamilton
USFWS Liaison: Kim King-Wrenn
NASA Liaison: John Shaffer

The Merritt Island Wildlife Association (MIWA) is a nonprofit, cooperating association for the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. The Habi-Chat is published quarterly. For MIWA information, call 321-861-2377.

Newsletter Editor: Connie Cranston
Technical Consultant: Cheri Ehrhardt
Habi-Chat Committee: Connie Cranston &
Kim King-Wrenn

We support the Sendler Education Outpost
The refuge is part of NASA and the Kennedy Space Center.
Portions are closed during the launch of shuttles.

For more information, call: 321-861-2377

Membership provides:

  • membership card
  • one year subscription to Habi-Chat
  • MIWA decal
  • invitations to "members only" events
  • 10% discount on Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
    Gift Shop merchandise (including online shop)
  • 20% discount on MIWA education programs and tours

Welcome desk.
We invite you to click on the picture and
take a tour of our Welcome Center and Gift Shop.


Refuges support wildlife.

Merritt Island N.W.R. & Canaveral N.S.
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