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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.)

swallow-tailed kite Dr. Meyer, Ph.D ( Zoology/Behavioral Ecology, University of North Carolina), is the Executive Director of Avian Research and Conservation Institute. He has studied the conservation biology of birds in Florida and beyond since the 1980’s, beginning with his research on Swallow-tailed Kites. Join him for the October 2nd, First Sunday presentation in the Barred Owl Room at the Visitor Center at 2 pm when he will discuss his continued research on Swallow-tailed Kites. (photo credit Betsy Kellenberger)

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Birds to Look For at the Refuge - September 13
Don Morrow, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge volunteer and expert birder, conducted a recent survey. In his notes, he said,
"After over five hours, starting in the dark at 6:00 am, I logged 61 species of birds while doing a shorebird survey. Passerine migrants were in short supply, but there were lots of other birds."
Read Don's bird list .

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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

October 2
First Sunday at the Refuge. Join Dr. Ken Meyer, Research on Swallow-tailed Kites (see above announcement)

October 22
Monarch Butterfly Festival 10 am – 4 pm. This is one festival you have to attend in the fall.

Archived Programs and Events
To go to previous programs and events that have been highlighted here, go to the archives.
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Copyright: St. Marks Refuge Association, 2013

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