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Friends of St. Marks
Wildlife Refuge
PO Box 368
St. Marks, FL 32355

Phone: (850) 925-6121

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Friends of St. Marks Wildlife Refuge

We want to sincerely thank all of the contributors who made our crowdfunding effort to finish the restoration of the lantern room a great success. We came very close to reaching our goal of $12,000. Over 70 donors made this happen. For a complete listing of contributors, simply follow this link. The work on the lantern room should be complete by the end of July or early August. 
Then, once approval of architectural plans is given, work on the lighthouse tower and keepers' quarters should begin in October.

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Birds to Look For at the Refuge
- Shorebird Survey Conducted August 1 -

Don Morrow, St. Marks Wildlife Refuge volunteer and expert birder, conducted a survey August 1. In his notes, he said,
"There are more shorebirds than listed here. There were birds flying past and too far out to accurately identify. Also counted Least Terns, an art more than a science. They're always moving. I saw no Least Terns feeding young. I was in the area long enough to verify that they've either fledged or failed. There were six tern species on the refuge today."

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Friends 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, we are now featuring books by local authors (right). Visit the Nature Store and leaf through the books, or view a preview of the books right here.
(All profits benefit various Refuge programs!)

Upcoming Events

August 27, Families in Nature.  Join Ranger Heather Bevis for activities for families with children of all ages.  Come anytime between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Registration is required.  Call (850) 925-6121 for reservations.

October 22
Monarch Butterfly Festival 10 am – 4 pm. This is one festival you have to attend in the fall.


Revisions are progressively being made to the web site. This home page highlights the NEW logo (top left) to reflect the change in name of the Refuge support organization. Please be patient as successive pages are updated. The content on all pages should be consistent, but the page appearance might vary.

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.

Previous Programs and Events at the Refuge

To go to previous programs and events that have been highlighted here, go to the archives.

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Copyright: St. Marks Refuge Association, 2013


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