The Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge is one of my favorite birding spots here in Florida. Located just north of Vero Beach, Pelican Island NWR, established in 1903, has the distinction of being the very first National Wildlife Refuge. Thanks to the efforts of some very committed citizen advocates and a conservation-minded President, a system was created that now boasts more than 560 Wildlife Refuges nationwide, over a hundred years later!
The planks of the Pelican Island boardwalk list every one of these National Wildlife Refuge treasures, including the year in which each one was founded.
Illustrated signs along the walkways provide a wealth of information about the history of Pelican Island and the Refuge system. Click here to learn much more!
“. . . since its designation in 1903, Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge has stood as a testament to our nation’s commitment to the conservation of natural lands.” It’s certainly up to us all now to maintain and preserve this commitment!