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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, 9 am to 4 pm. It is closed most federal holidays.


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


October 2018 - MINWR calendar
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National Wildlife Refuge Week
Sunday, October 14th — Saturday, October 20th

Black Point Wildlife Drive Bus TourTuesday, October 16th - Saturday, October 20th at 9:00am
Free guided two hour tours of Black Point Wildlife Drive will be led by refuge staff and volunteers. Space is limited so please call (321) 861-0669 to reserve your spot.

BYOB - Bring Your Own Boat TourMonday, October 15th at 9:00am
Join the party to experience hidden ponds on the Refuge with Refuge Volunteer Al Brayton with your own canoe or kayak! This tour will meet at the Refuge Visitor Center. Call 321-861-0669 to reserve your spot as space is limited on this program.

Refuge Eagle Update and ViewingWednesday, October 17th at 12:00pm
Learn from our Volunteer Eagle Crew in the Refuge Visitor Center auditorium for a 45-minute presentation all about the avian symbol of our country, the eagle, and their populations here at the Refuge. Afterwards, observe eagles in the wild.

How Hands Changed the LandFriday, October 19th at 1:00pm
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.

Insider Edition: #InstameetSaturday, October 20th at 6:00pm
Want to learn about the role photography has played in the establishment of federal lands? Just want to take sick shots during golden hour? Meet Ranger Lindsey at the Refuge Visitor Center at 6 p.m. to explore the Refuge and some hidden gems.

Hawk WatchSaturday, October 6th at 10:00am
Join refuge volunteer, Al Brayton, at the Sendler Education Pavilion to identify a variety of raptor species for the annual survey. There are opportunities to view Peregrine Falcons, American Kestrels, Cooper's Hawk, and many more species.

Butterfly SurveySaturday, October 6th at 9:00 am
View a photo presentation to learn how to identify butterflies. Then, participate in a butterfly survey to collect data for the 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 visitor center.

Black Point Wildlife Drive Bus TourThursday, Friday, and Saturday at 9 am
Join a knowledgeable refuge volunteer for a guided two hour tour 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.

Fire: Friend or Foe?1:00pm
Join a ranger to learn about fire ecology and the prescribed burning program on itsvataim. National Wildlife Refuge and vital role in maintaining habitat for local wildlife. The program will be held in the auditorium of the refuge visitor center.
Wednesday: 10/3,10/10, 10/17
Saturday: 10/20, 10/27

All About AlligatorsThursdays at 12:00pm
Join us to explore the natural history and biology of this intriguing reptile. Yo u will handle gator bio-facts and learn how you can estimate the size alligators that you see. Held in the auditorium of the refuge visitor center.

Guided Boardwalk HikeThursdays at 12:00pm
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.


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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