Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, Vero Beach

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Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge is a United States National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), and part of the Everglades Headwaters NWR complex, located just off the western coast of North Hutchinson Island in the Indian River Lagoon east of Sebastian, Florida. The refuge consists of a 3-acre (12,000 m2) island that includes an additional 2.5 acres (10,000 m2) of surrounding water and is located off the east coast of Florida of the Indian River Lagoon. Established by an executive order of President Theodore Roosevelt on March 14, 1903, Pelican Island was the first National wildlife refuge in the United States. It was created to protect egrets and other birds from extinction through plume hunting.

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  • Beautiful area to see wildlife! Loved seeing Spoonbills, Pelicans and the other birds. The trails were wide and easy to walk. Centennial trail is wheel chair accessible. It's very peaceful and... 
    Beautiful area to see wildlife! Loved seeing Spoonbills, Pelicans and the other birds. The trails were wide and easy to walk. Centennial trail is wheel chair accessible. It's very peaceful and...  more »
  • Cool (well not actually) walk about to see birds and the oldest national refuge. Well kept and would be good for kids to run around. Can’t imagine coming in summer though. Would be really hot and... 
    Cool (well not actually) walk about to see birds and the oldest national refuge. Well kept and would be good for kids to run around. Can’t imagine coming in summer though. Would be really hot and...  more »

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