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

Phone: (850) 925-6121

Email for more information

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.)

girl at refuge in butterfly costume Monarch Festival - October 22
The annual Monarch Festival is only about a week away. As always, it's a great family event; learn about the importance of monarch butterflies to our ecosystem and about an array of other wildlife at the Refuge. Educational opportunities abound during this October event. Join us Saturday, October 22 from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. It's a great time to be at the Refuge, when brilliant orange butterflies, trimmed in black, are the stars of the show
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Landscape Watercolor Class
If you have an interest in watercolor painting, consider attending the upcoming November 13, 1-3 pm, introductory class on landscape painting. There is no charge for the class, but the class size is limited to 10 participants. Call the Refuge at 850-925-6121 to register and have class information sent to you via email.

illustration of vermillion flycatcher Bird Sighting News Flash
Don Morrow, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge volunteer birder made another quick trek to the Refuge October 18 (in addition to report below) He notes there are at least four Vermillion Flycatchers currently at the refuge (Double Dikes and short road to Lighthouse Pool boat ramp). American Avocet (Stony Bayou and Picnic Pond), and female Painted Bunting and White-crowned Sparrow (short trail to Headquarters Pond platform).

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Birds to Look For at the Refuge - October 13 Survey
Don Morrow, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge volunteer and expert birder, conducted a recent survey. In his notes, he said,
"I logged 67 species today in six hours starting at 6:30 am while conducting a shorebird survey. Great Horned Owls are getting talkative and I lucked into a calling King Rail before sunrise. A flock of about a thousand Red-winged Blackbirds took off heading East at dawn. Here are some highlights of my day! "

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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 walking sticks by Whistle Creek (left). Visit the Nature Store, and get more information about these useful hiking accompaniments. (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

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

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