"Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge" Florida Off The Beaten Path Tip by KimberlyAnn

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  Alligator in Merritt Island Refuge
by KimberlyAnn

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is located five miles east of Titusville. The wildlife refuge offers hiking, driving areas, and an unspoiled beach. This is a huge refuge at 140,000 acres, and contains the Indian River, marshes, coastal dunes, pine forests, flatwoods, scrub oaks, and palm and oak hammocks. This is a major wintering area for many types of migratory birds. Manatees and alligators also live within the refuge. This refuge was established in 1963 to provide a buffer zone for NASSA. During space shuttle launches the refuge closes to the public for the three days before and a day after the launch. Visit the refuge?s visitor center first. Look at the displays, and pick up information on the hiking trails and drive. When we went we took the nature drive, and walked a few short hikes. We stopped at the beach, and although it is a very nice one, we did not stay as it was crawling with fisherman and sunbathers. We saw a small green lizard, which would puff out his neck into a round pink ball. We also saw turtles, alligators, and many birds. A few of the birds we saw were brown pelicans, cormorants, herons, egrets, ibis, a ruddy duck, American Coot, vultures, an osprey on a nest with a young one, sea gulls, terns, anhinga, and plovers.

Phone: 321-861-0667
Website: http://www.fws.gov/merrittisland

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  • Written Feb 24, 2008
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