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Saturday, October 21st, 2017


Indian River County is a birding paradise! In addition to being part of the Great Florida Birding Trail, Indian River is also home to Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge. 

Over thirty species of birds use Pelican Island as a rookery, roost, feeding ground, or loafing area. Sixteen different species of birds nest on Pelican Island, which include the:

  • Brown pelican
  • Wood stork
  • Great egret
  • Snowy egret
  • Reddish egret
  • Cattle egret
  • Great blue heron
  • Little blue heron
  • Tricolored heron
  • Green-backed heron
  • Black-crowned night heron
  • Double-crested cormorant (resident)
  • Anhinga
  • White ibis
  • American oystercatcher
  • Common moorhen

Species that nest elsewhere in the refuge or nearby include:

  • Least tern
  • Royal tern
  • Black skimmer
  • Osprey

Summer visitors include:

  • Roseate spoonbill
  • Magnificent frigatebird

Wintering birds include:

  • White pelican
  • Double-crested cormorant (migratory)
  • Blue-wing teal
  • Lesser scaup
  • Red-breasted merganser
  • Ring-billed gull
  • Laughing gull
  • Forster's tern
  • Common loon

Endangered species include:

  • Wood storks
  • Florida manatee
  • Green sea turtle
  • Hawksbill sea turtle
  • Kemp's ridley sea turtle

Threatened species include:

  • Loggerhead sea turtle
  • Eastern indigo snake
  • Bald eagle
  • Piping plover

Click HERE for a complete list for birding sites in Indian River County. 
Courtsey of the Pelican Island Audubon Society of Indian River County

Other Links: 

Pelican island Natiobnal Wildlife Refuge

Great Florida Birding Trail

Enviornmental Learning Center

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