Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge


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Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge

Address:1339 20th St
Vero Beach, FL 32960

Phone:561-562-3909
Fax:561-564-7393
Web: www.fws.gov/archiecarr
Established: 1991.
Location:Between Melbourne and Wabasso along Florida's east coast.
Activities:Educational programs.
Special Features:A linear refuge stretching for 20.5 miles, the site is the most important nesting area for loggerhead sea turtles in the Western Hemisphere and second most important nesting beach in the world. Twenty-five percent of all loggerhead sea turtle nests are laid along this strip of beach.
Habitats: 900 acres (when acquisiton is complete) sandy beach coastline.
Access: Limited by turtle activity; nest surveys are conducted April to September.
Wild life: Loggerhead sea turtles, green sea turtles.

See other parks in Florida.
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So far, the group has counted more than 12,000 nests in the county's portion of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge -- a new record, surpassing the 11,839 nests tallied in 2013.
We have been working with Disney on many levels -- to study the movements of sea turtles in the Caribbean and also to monitor nests with Disney scientists at the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge.
Their target is Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, a 20.
The Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge supports a variety of federally (FWS) and state (FWC) listed species: at least 15 federally threatened or endangered species and 38 species listed by the State of Florida as endangered, threatened, of special concern, or commercially exploited, including 8 reptile, 10 bird, 4 mammal, and 16 plant species.
He also worked with federal agencies to bring Land and Water Conservation Fund monies to Florida for the purchase of various sites, including Osceola National Forest Pinhook additions, Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, Lower Suwanee National Wildlife Refuge, Key Deer National Wildlife Refuge and Tate's Hell Swamp.
The annual count occurs on a 13-mile (21-km) stretch of beach in the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge on Florida's east coast, the most significant area for green turtle nesting in North America where 25-35 percent of all nests on the continent are found, according to the refuge website.
Sandy MacPherson (FWS National Sea Turtle Coordinator) and Barbara Schroeder (NMFS National Sea Turtle Coordinator) attached satellite transmitters to eight loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) at the turtle nesting beaches on Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) near Melbourne, Florida.
The Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge represents the nation's most significant land acquisition effort to protect endangered and threatened sea turtles.
The Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge is located within a 20-mile (32-kilometer) stretch of beach on the barrier islands of Brevard and Indian River Counties on the Atlantic coast of Florida.
In addition to sea turtles, the beaches, dunes, coastal scrub, and maritime hammock areas of the barrier island ecosystem within and adjacent to the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge provide habitat for many other animals and plants considered rare, threatened, endangered, or species of special concern by Federal and State agencies.
Establishment of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge was the beginning of a visionary conservation program made possible by a multi-agency land acquisition and conservation partnership.