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Refuge Website

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.)

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Birds to Look For at the Refuge - December 14 Survey
Don Morrow, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge volunteer and expert birder, conducted a recent survey. In his notes, he said, "It was a cold morning with a good late morning tide. I made a quick decision to go for a combined duck and shorebird survey. In 7.5 hours starting at 6:00 am I logged 97 species. I had 2,068 ducks of 19 species including Black Scoter. I had 17 shorebird species, but numbers are down because Stony Bayou I is flooded. I had a Wilson’s Warbler in the willows along Lighthouse Road at the South end of East River Pool and a Vesper Sparrow on the levee at Tower Pond.." 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


Saturday, December 16 – St. Marks Photo Club.  Meets in Nature’s Classroom at 9:00 a.m.  Open to all who interested in nature photography.

Sunday, December 17  – 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.  

Monday, December 18  – 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. 

Monday, December 25 – Christmas Holiday. Visitor Center closed.

Tuesday, December 26 – Holiday Break Tour. 10:00 a.m.  Limit of 10 people.  Call (850) 925-6121 to reserve a spot.

Thursday, December 28 – Holiday Break Tour.  10:00 a.m. Limit of 10 people.  Call (850) 925-6121 to reserve a spot.

Saturday, December 30 – Holiday Break Wagon Tour. 10:00 a.m.   Limit of 25 people.  Call (850) 625-9121 for reservations.






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