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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.)

public lands day poster National Public Lands Day, Saturday, September 24
This is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands sites. The St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge is celebrating the day promoting the important issue of pollination. If you like volunteering at a grass roots level, this is an activity you will enjoy. Call 850-925-6121 to sign up, or just come to the Refuge (with bug spray) prepared to work.

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Birds to Look For at the Refuge - September 13
Don Morrow, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge volunteer and expert birder, conducted a recent survey. In his notes, he said,
"After over five hours, starting in the dark at 6:00 am, I logged 61 species of birds while doing a shorebird survey. Passerine migrants were in short supply, but there were lots of other birds."
Read Don's bird list .

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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

September 24
National Public Lands Day - NO FEE, Families in Nature, Volunteer field projects. Call to register – 850-925-6121.

September 25
Refuge Ramble, 4-5 mile walk, 9 am. Bring camera, water, snacks, binoculars, bug spray and wear closed toed shoes. A small day-pack is recommended. Meet at Visitors Center, route TBA. While this is not a specific birding or plant ID hike, Volunteer Carol Watkins Babcock will bring books in case we want to try an ID. Limit 15 hikers. 

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

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