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Refuge Website

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.)

vermilion flycatcher

Birds to Look For at the Refuge - February 17, 2018 Survey
Don Morrow, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge volunteer and expert birder, conducted a recent survey. In his notes, he said, "The Spring duck diaspora at St. Marks NWR has begun and duck numbers have dropped dramatically over the last ten days. Still, there are lots of good birds to be seen. In 10.5 hours starting at 6:00 am I logged 95 species including 17 waterfowl species. Having been away for ten days, I scouted the refuge in the early morning hours before leading the February Wildlife tours. It was a good day spent with lots of good birders. Night birds included Wood Duck, Clapper Rail, Sora and American Bittern." Read Don's complete survey.

nature store interior with field guides

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, you can find a very complete array of field and nature guides (left). 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

February, 2018

Saturday, February 3— WHO Festival – Wildlife Heritage Outdoors –Fun filled day of family friendly celebration of our outdoor heritage.  11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 4—First Sunday on the Refuge – Whooping Cranes!  Learn the history of the reintroduction program and the current status of the whooping cranes.  2:00 p.m. in Education Center.

Thursday, February 8 – Tots on Trails -- 11:00 a.m. - noon.  Meet at Nature’s Classroom for a walk and short, hands-on outdoor activities for 1 ½ to 4 year olds.  Call (850) 925-6121 for reservations.

Tuesday, February 13 – Birding and Wildlife Observation—9:00 a.m. until noon.  Join Matt and Cyndi Johnstone for a behind the gates wagon tour.  Limit of 25 participants.  Call (850) 925-6121 to register.

Saturday, February 17 – Birding Behind the Gates with Don Morrow.  9:00 a.m or 1:00 p.m.  Limit of 25 participants.  Registration is required.  Call (850) 925-6121 to reserve a space.

Saturday, February 17 – St. Marks Photo Club – Open to all with an interest in nature photography.  9:00 a.m. in Nature’s Classroom.

Monday, February 19 – Bird and Wildlife Tour—9:00 a.m.  Join Matt and Cyndi Johnstone for a behind the gates wagon tour.  Limit of 25 participants.  Call (850) 925-6121 to register.

Monday, February 19 –President’s Day--FEE FREE Visitor Center is open from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 24Introductory Landscape Painting with Watercolors.  Join Phillip Pollock at Nature’s Classroom.  1:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.  Class size limited to 6.  Reservations required.  (This class is now full, but check back in about 2.5 months for another class.)








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