Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge


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Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

Address:PO Box 6504
Titusville, FL 32782

Phone:321-861-0667
Fax:321-861-1276
Web: merrittisland.fws.gov
Established: 1963.
Location:East-central Florida next to NASA's space center.
Facilities:Visitor center, auto tour route, hiking trails, observation tower.
Activities:Boating, canoeing, fishing, hiking, hunting, educational programs.
Special Features:Coastal refuge consists of seven distinct habitat types and is positioned between the subtropic and temperate climatic zones. Over 500 species of wildlife inhabit the refuge, with 15 federally listed as threatened or endangered. The refuge is home to several wading bird rookeries, 10 active bald eagle nests, numerous osprey nests, up to 400 manatees during spring months, and an estimated 2,500 Florida scrub jays.
Habitats: 140,000 acres of brackish marsh, with coastal dunes, scrub oaks, pine forests, and palm and oak hammocks. The refuge overlays John F. Kennedy Space Center and provides a buffer zone for NASA.
Access: Open during daylight hours. Portions may be closed at times of NASA launch activity.
Wild life: Great blue herons, great egrets, wood storks, cormorants, brown pelicans, bald eagles, manatees, Florida scrub jay, and alligators.

See other parks in Florida.
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As the Gateway to Nature and Space, Titusville is the perfect site for this event, which will traverse the Kennedy Space Center, the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, the Canaveral National Seashore and downtown Titusville," noted Titusville Mayor Jim Tulley.
1 the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge imposed a user fee of $5 a day or $15 a year.
Miniature travelers are absorbed in space history and astronaut simulation at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex while nature abounds on pontoon boat rides along the Banana River and hiking tours through the 220-square-mile Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.
Anglers who visit Mosquito Lagoon and other waters within Canaveral National Seashore and Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge are required to possess a signed copy of the free Refuge Sport Fishing Permit.
Dads buried to the neck in sand and sandcastles created by little ones provide silly beach snapshots while the glimpse of a rare bird or peaceful manatee while kayaking through Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge offers a look at the natural side of the Space Coast.