Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Volunteers Contributed 10,000 Hours Last Year

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REFUGE HAS over one million visitors annually

This past year, well over 100 volunteers chose to donate their time to Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge adding up to over 10,000 hours for 2016 alone. (MIWLR image)

BREVARD COUNTY • MERRITT ISLAND, FLORIDA – This past year, well over 100 volunteers chose to donate their time to Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge adding up to over 10,000 hours for 2016 alone.

From organizing and conducting butterfly and other wildlife surveys, removing invasive species and promoting native ones, maintaining the trails and other facilities, working with visiting school groups and greeting over over one million visitors annually that experience our refuge – our volunteers are priceless.

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1963 as an overlay of NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center for the protection of migratory birds.

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Consisting of 140,000 acres, the Refuge provides a wide variety of habitats: coastal dunes, saltwater marshes, freshwater impoundments, scrub, pine flatwoods, and hardwood hammocks that provide habitat for more than 1,500 species of plants and animals and 15 federally listed species.

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This past year, well over 100 volunteers chose to donate their time to Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge adding up to over 10,000 hours for 2016 alone. (MIWLR image)

This past year, well over 100 volunteers chose to donate their time to Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge adding up to over 10,000 hours for 2016 alone. (MIWLR image)

Wildlife & Habitat

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  • Birds

    Painted BuntingThe refuge’s coastal location, tropic-like climate, and wide variety of habitat types contribute to the refuge’s diverse bird population. To date, 358 species have been identified on the refuge.

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  • Endangered Species

    Image of Florida manateeThe refuge manages habitat for over 500 species of wildlife. These habitats support one of the highest numbers of endangered and threatened species found within the National Wildlife Refuge system.

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  • Fish

    Photo Gallery Great Blue HeronMore than 140 species of freshwater and saltwater fish are known to use refuge impoundments, estuaries, and freshwater wetlands. Fish within the refuge are important to the ecology of the area and recreation.

  • Habitats

    Pine flatwoods 150x118 CorrectThe habits of the refuge include wetlands (both salt and fresh water), upland shrubland, wetland forest, mesic and upland forest, and beach and dune.

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  • Invasive Species

    Feral HogsExotic, invasive, and nuisance plant and animal species is one of the priority management issues for the Merritt Island NWR. Nuisance animal species have a negative impact on threatened and endangered species.

  • Mammals

    150bobcatTeddyLlovetThere are many species of mammals on the refuge. Some of the larger ones include bobcats, otters, manatees, and deer.

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  • Reptiles

    American alligator closeup Adult alligators are apex predators critical to the biodiversity of habitats and wetland ecosystems and can be found in many areas of the Refuge.

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