Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge

Brown Pelican

Sign Featuring First Refuge Manager Paul Kroegel

Boardwalk to Observation Tower

Pelican Island

Tricolor Heron at Pelican Island Pond

River Otter

Male Blue Land Crab

Seaside Dragonlet

Wildflower Meadow

Blanket Flower (Gaillardia aristata)

Marsh Pink (Sabatia grandiflora)

Mother and Baby Raccoon in Sabal Palm

Pelican Island was our first National Wildlife Refuge (near Sebastian Inlet, Florida).  It was created by President Teddy Roosevelt in 1903 to protect birds from the feather hunters.  It was the first time that the Federal Government set aside land for wildlife.  In 1963 Pelican Island was designated a National Historic Landmark.  By 2003 the refuge had expanded and improvements were added including an interpretive trail, boardwalk, and observation tower.  Over 16 species of birds nest on the island every spring.

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

4 Responses to Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge

  1. elisaruland says:

    Oh, these pictures are amazing. Love the handsome pelican, and the crab looks like a little robot. Cute!

  2. FeyGirl says:

    What a wonderful series… This seems like my kind of place. 🙂 Go Teddy, protecting those birds!!

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