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

Phone: (850) 925-6121

Email for more information

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.)

Hunting Notice

Also, it's now hunting season in varying parts of the Refuge, so if you plan to hike into more remote regions of the Refuge, please check at the Visitor Center be aware of areas to avoid.

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Birds to Look For at the Refuge - February 25 Survey
Don Morrow, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge volunteer and expert birder, conducted a recent survey. In his notes, he said, "In ten hours of birding, before and while leading field trips at St Marks on Saturday, I logged 97 species. It was an odd weather day that started with fog and a light drizzle, but quickly cleared. The Ross’ Goose continues at Stony Bayou II and I had two first winter male Surf Scoters at the mouth of the boat channel, viewed from the Levee Trail." Read Don's complete survey.

illustration of vermillion flycatcher Noteable Bird Sighting
Several birders and photographers have seen the return, this year, of Vermillion Flycatchers at Double Dikes and other locations in the Refuge.

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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 walking sticks by Whistle Creek (left). Visit the Nature Store, and get more information about these useful hiking accompaniments. (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


March 2—Baby and Me
11:00 a.m. in Nature’s Classroom.
March 3—Civil War Re-enactors
Trace the march beginning at the Lighthouse as part of the Battle of Natural Bridge history.
March 5—Behind the Gates Birding and Wildlife tour with Matt and Cyndi Johnstone
9:00 a.m. to noon. Limit 25. Call 850-925-6121 to register.


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