Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, Indian River County, Florida, USA
Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, Indian River County, Florida, United States The Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1903 as the very first National Wildlife Refuge in the United States. It consists of 5,413 acres and is located in Indian River County, Florida. The Refuge is located on central Florida’s Atlantic coast adjacent to the Indian River Lagoon and on the barrier island between Sebastian Inlet and the Wabasso Causeway, just east of the Intracoastal Waterway. The nearest town is Sebastian located on peninsular Florida just west of the Refuge. The Refuge is the nesting habitat for over sixteen different species of water birds. The area inside of the Refuge has been restored to approximately its original state before development of the area. There are over thirty species of water birds that use the island in the distance during their migration in the Fall and Spring. The Refuge provides habitat for a number of threatened and endangered species including the wood stork, manatees, loggerhead turtles, green sea turtles and southeastern beach mice.
Copyright: James L. Tanner
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 8996x4498
Taken: 02/03/2013
Uploaded: 02/03/2013
Updated: 03/09/2014


Tags: vero beach; pelican island; national wildlife refuge; indian river; florida; wildlife
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