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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.)

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Birds to Look For at the Refuge - August 24 Survey
Don Morrow, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge volunteer and expert birder, conducted a recent survey. In his notes, he said, "In five hours of recreational birding at St. Marks starting at 6:00 am, I logged 62 species. Migrants continue to move through. I had three migratory warbler species plus a flock of 18 Blue-winged Teal, the first I’ve seen since early June. Although Pied-billed Grebe is an uncommon breeder at the refuge, I had the first grebes that I have seen all summer. It was hot. The bugs were bothersome, but tolerable." 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


Sunday, September 3—First Sunday on the Refuge – Marty Haythorn, founder and principle artist of Ancient Hands, re-creators of early Native American pottery.  2:00 p.m. in Education Center.

Sunday, September 10 – Birding Workshop I – Introduction to birding.  2:00 until 4:00 p.m. in the Education Center.  Registration is required.  Call (850) 925-6121 to reserve a space.

Thursday, September 14 – Tots on Trails -- 11:00 a.m. - noon.  Meet Ranger Heather Bevis at Education Center for a walk and short, hands-on outdoor activities for 1 ½ to 4 year olds.  Call (850) 925-6121 for reservations.

Saturday, September 16 – St. Marks Photo Club – Open to all with an interest in nature photography.  9:00 a.m. in Nature’s Classroom.

Saturday, September 16 – Coastal Cleanup Call (850) 925-6121

Sunday, September 17 – Wildlife Photography e-Tram Tour - 1 p.m.  Limited to 10 participants.  Reservations are required.  Call (850) 925-6121.

Saturday, September 23 – Hunter Safety Course Call (850) 925-6121

September 30  -- National Public Lands Day – No admission fee.   Volunteer project in the pollinator gardens from 10 a.m. until noon.  Please come prepared to work outside and help plant milkweed; clean out gardens to prepare for butterflies, especially Monarchs.  Call (850) 925-6121 to register.


28 - Monarch Festival. 10 am – 4 pm



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