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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

The St. Marks Refuge Association (which was formed in 1987) supports the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in all aspects of its mission. In 2014, the association registered to 'do business as' Friends of St. Marks Wildlife Refuge. The Friends' group is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.

The Refuge comprises over 70,000 acres of wildlife habitat along 45 miles of Florida gulf coastline. To get to the Refuge, turn south on Lighthouse Road off of U.S. Hwy 98. If you are visiting the capitol city, the Refuge is approximately 35 miles south of Tallahassee.

Visit this site often to learn about announcements, upcoming events, news, membership, educational efforts, volunteering, support and more. (Note: if you have come to the "Friends" site when you intended to visit the "Refuge" web site, you can go there now.)

 
     
Announcements
northern gannet

Birds to Look For at the Refuge - November 15 Survey
Don Morrow, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge volunteer and expert birder, conducted a recent survey. In his notes, he said, "Duck numbers and diversity are way up, but numbers are lagging behind this time last year. I had 18 species and 874 individuals. GW Teal are predictably the most common. I had Horned Grebe, Common Loon, Common Goldeneye and Northern Gannet offshore. The Gannet was spotted by Matt Johnstone." Read Don's complete survey.

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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 two different Trailfinder binoculars (left). Choose from 8x24 or 8x25 power lenses. Visit the Nature Store, and see other great gift ideas. (All profits benefit various Refuge programs!)

Special Notes:

  • 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.

Upcoming Events

November

Sunday, November 5 – First Sunday at the Refuge.   “The Secret Lives of Fish” with Felicia Coleman, Executive Director of the FSU Marine Lab. 2:00 p.m. in the Barred Owl classroom.

Sunday, November 5 – Fall Birding and Wildlife Observation.  Join Cyndi and Matt Johnstone for a behind-the gates wagon tour.  9:00 a.m. until noon.  Seating is limited.  Call (850) 925-6121 to reserve a space. 

Monday, November 6  – Fall Birding and Wildlife Observation.  Join Cyndi and Matt Johnstone for a behind-the gates e-tram tour.  9:00 a.m. to noon.  Limited to 10 people.  Call (850) 925-6121 to reserve a space. 

Thursday, November 9 – Tots on Trails   11:00 a.m. - noon.  Meet at Nature’s Classroom for a 45-minute walk and short hands-on outdoor activities for pre-school children and caregivers.  Bring a water bottle.  Limited to 10 children.  Call (850) 925-6121 for reservations.

Saturday, November 11 – Fall Birding Tours. 9:00 a.m. or 1 p.m.  Join Naturalist Don Morrow for a behind the gates tour.  Meet in the Visitor Center parking lot.  Reservations are required.  Call (850) 925-6121 to reserve a spot.

Sunday, November 12 –Birding Workshop II.  Join Refuge volunteers Don Morrow and Karen Willes and Ranger Gail Fishman to learn about photographing birds.  2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Education Building.  Reservations are required.  Please call (850) 925-6121 to reserve a space.

Saturday, November 18 – St. Marks Photo Club.  Meets in Nature’s Classroom at 9:00 a.m.  Open to all who interested in nature photography.

Sunday, November 19  – Wildlife Photography E-Tram Tour. 1:00 p.m. Tour will be led by a photo club member Neil Hostnick.  Limited to 10 persons.   Reservations are required.  Call (850) 925-6121 to reserve a space.  

Thursday, November 23 – Thanksgiving Holiday. Visitor Center closed.

Monday, November 27  – Fall Birding and Wildlife Observation.  Join Cyndi and Matt Johnstone for a behind-the gates e-tram tour.  9:00 a.m. to noon.  Limited to 10 people.  Call (850) 925-6121 to reserve a space.

 

 

 

 

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