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Friends of St. Marks
Wildlife Refuge
PO Box 368
St. Marks, FL 32355

Phone: (850) 925-6121

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Friends of St. Marks Wildlife Refuge

The St. Marks Refuge Association (which was formed in 1987) supports the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in all aspects of its mission. In 2014, the association registered to 'do business as' Friends of St. Marks Wildlife Refuge. The Friends' group is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.

The Refuge comprises over 70,000 acres of wildlife habitat along 45 miles of Florida gulf coastline. To get to the Refuge, turn south on Lighthouse Road off of U.S. Hwy 98. If you are visiting the capitol city, the Refuge is approximately 35 miles south of Tallahassee.

Visit this site often to learn about announcements, upcoming events, news, membership, educational efforts, volunteering, support and more. (Note: if you have come to the "Friends" site when you intended to visit the "Refuge" web site, you can go there now.)

 
     
Announcements
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Birds to Look For at the Refuge - Tuesday, May 2 Survey
Don Morrow, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge volunteer and expert birder, conducted a recent survey. In his notes, he said, "The ducks are gone. Besides the resident Wood Ducks I only had BW Teal and Lesser Scaup. Shorebird numbers have dropped by half since last month. Dunlin and Short-billed Dowitcher accounted for almost 800 of the 980 shorebirds that I counted. There were several White-rumped Sandpipers, 23 Whimbrel and a breeding plumage American Avocet on Picnic Pond." Read Don's complete survey.

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Nature Store
Visit the Friends' Nature Store, and you will see why the store is one of our great success stories. In addition to T-shirts, gift cards, jewelry, and burnished water bottles, we are now featuring two different Trailfinder binoculars (left). Choose from 8x24 or 8x25 power lenses. Visit the Nature Store, and see other great gift ideas. (All profits benefit various Refuge programs!)

Special Notes:

  • Construction is taking place at the lighthouse over the next several months. Until further notice, it will not be open on the usual "First Saturday" of each month.
  • Also, drones are not permitted to be launched on national wildlife refuges.  Please inform law enforcement if you see drones being used on your visit here. Thank you for your help.

Upcoming Events

 

MAY

29—Memorial Day - Visitor Center OPEN

JUNE - Summertime officially begins this month!
1—Baby and Me—11:00 a.m. in Nature’s Classroom. 30- Day Hunt application period open on www.myfwc.com/hunting/limited entry hunts
3—Extremely Early Birding tour – Don Morrow – 6 am – 9 am 4—First Sunday at the Refuge—2:00 p.m. in Nature’s Classroom— Butterflies of St. Marks with Dean and Sally Jue
8—Tots on Trails—11:00 a.m. at Nature’s Classroom. Call 850-925-6121 to register. 17—St. Marks NWR Photo Club - Meet at 9:00 a.m. in Nature’s Classroom.

JULY
2—First Sunday at the Refuge at 2:00 p.m.in Nature’s Classroom—Ice Cream Social and David Moynahan, Landscapes of Florida, promoting conservation through photography.
4—Independence Day—Visitor Center OPEN
8—Extremely Early Birding tour with Don Morrow – 6 am – 9 am
9—Baby and Me—11:00 a.m. in Nature’s Classroom.
13—Tots on Trails—11:00 a.m. at Nature’s Classroom. Call 850-925-6121 to register.
15—St. Marks NWR Photo Club - Meet at 9:00 a.m. in Nature’s Classroom.

AUGUST
3—Baby and Me—11:00 a.m. in Nature’s Classroom.
5 Extremely Early Birding Tour with Don Morrow 6 am – 9 am
6—First Sunday at the Refuge—Sammy Tedder—Local Waters - WILD PLACES A Musical Journey into the North Florida Wilderness
15 – St. Marks NWR Photo Club – Meet at 9 am in Nature’s Classroom.

 

 

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