Below are just a few of the items available in the Nature Store, for personal wildlife outings or for gifts:
Currently Featuring: The Nature Store is currently highlighting Trailfinder binoculars (shown at right ). If you are a serious birder, a good pair of binoculars often makes all the difference in a good "guess" at bird identification, or an exacting ID. Choose from 8x24 and 8x25 power lenses. Handy carrying cases accompany your purchase.
Books and identification guides, including the newest edition of Sibley East Coast Birds and the hot-off-the-press newest edition of the Peterson guide to reptiles and amphibians. Also see books such as those at left that are written by local authors.
T-shirts, lighthouse Ts available in lots of styles, and there are many more topical
Ts as well.
Hats with the Refuge lighthouse logo or with various images of insects found on the Refuge, some hats treated with sunscreen protection and insect repellent, and with a longer bill to shade the eyes, or with a neck nape cape to offer the wearer additional protection
Whooping cranes: We have a limited number of Ts, both long-sleeve and short-sleeve, earrings (which will no longer be available after these are gone), lapel pins, note cards and ornaments
Lighthouse merchandise including historical books and some by local authors,ornaments, and brand new Maps of Lighthouses of the United States, and Maps of Lighthouses of Florida with the new watercolor of the St. Marks Lighthouse.
Photo cards and notecard assortments by our very own St. Marks Photo Club, including various images of whooping cranes and the lighthouse
Water bottles: Yes, we all have water bottles from various events that we have attended. But now available at the Nature Store is the first in the series of "Imperiled Species of St. Marks Refuge", the red-cockaded woodpecker, printed on a lovely white water bottle and tagged with an information card, very reasonably priced at $9.99. Planned for the series are the gopher tortoise and the frosted flatwoods salamander. We also have water bottles in metallic green and teal with the lighthouse logo.
and More: We are pleased to welcome Marty Haythorn to our wonderful group of talented local artists. Marty creates reproduction antiquities in his Thomasville, Georgia studio. We currently have in stock several sets of coasters and an array of pendant necklaces with different designs (turtle, bear, woodpecker) found with native cultures in the Southeast. We also have a miniature panther effigy and hope to carry more of these charming miniature pieces and some full-size reproductions in the near future.
Tupelo honey is once again available! After a long tupelo drought due to hive collapse in the bee populations and to blossom loss resulting from severe spring storms last year, the Nature Store is happy to, once again, offer local tupelo honey. This natural product is made available through two different distributors as shown here. Tupelo honey is different from other varieties of honey because it does not crystallize as it ages. It is available in 8-oz. bears, 8-oz. and 1-pound containers, and a limited supply of 2-pound containers.
Miscellaneous items, including beautiful earrings (made in the USA), children's books, plush toys of animals found on the refuge, Audubon singing birds, and various insect repellents including SunSect, a new item which also includes sunscreen.
Sale Items are located at the back of the store by the CD player. On sale presently are assorted T-shirts, long- and short-sleeved denim shirts with the lighthouse logo, coffee mugs that have been discontinued by the vendor or that the Store will no longer carry, miscellaneous CDs and an assortment of books, including "Backyard Birds of Florida", "Bats of Florida", and "Wildlife of North Florida", and several children's Ts, in medium only.
NOTE: As you know, all store proceeds are returned to the Refuge to support various Refuge programs.
While browsing our merchandise, be sure to see the realistic wildlife dioramas in the store area. And if you would like to get a closer look at wildlife on the refuge, you can check out binoculars at the front desk for use while you are on the refuge. The Nature Store also now has optics for sale, so be sure to ask for more information at the front desk - you may want to give a pair of these reasonably priced top-notch optics a test drive while you are there.