We are looking forward to the 22nd Pelican Island Wildlife Festival, on Saturday, March 15, 2014, and it’s never too early to let us know that you would like to volunteer and help out! Please see details on the Volunteer page of our website. Details are now available there for volunteering the day of the festival.
All the event activities at Riverview Park are free, except for kayaking, boat and birding tours. The pontoon boat tours to Pelican Island are a suggested donation of $15/person, and the birding tour is $25/person. Pontoon boat tours run throughout the event, approximately every hour.
One early-morning birding tour will be held on Saturday, March 15. The tour will be lead by Florida birding expert David Simpson. David is a local Florida resident with many birding records, and has been leading birding tours for more than 25 years. For more information about David, please visit Florida Nature Tours.
The tour will be at 8:30 AM and reservations are required as space is limited. You may reserve online with your payment, using the PayPal option below. Reservations can also be made by calling PIPS at 772-202-0697 and leaving a message with details about persons wanting to attend. Payment will be accepted the day of the tour, by cash or check.
The tour starts from Riverview Park in Sebastian – the location of the Pelican Island Wildlife Festival. Please arrive early so as to be ready to carpool promptly at 8:30 AM, from the park to the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge. David will be leading the tour along “Centennial Trail” at the refuge, and the tour is expected to conclude at about 11 AM.
All proceeds from this event supports the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge.
The 111th Birthday Celebration of Pelican Island and the National Wildlife Refuge System
A Celebration of the Treasure Coast’s natural resources and the 111th birthday of Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge. Plan to join us in celebrating this anniversary of Pelican Island and the refuge system, and enjoy the many exhibitors, including arts & crafts, environmental, and food vendors. Live wildlife shows feature birds of prey and reptiles throughout the day. Discounted Pelican Island tours by pontoon boat depart every hour. Special kid’s activities are offered non stop throughout the day. An incredible photography display features entries and winners of the festival photography contest. A full day of fun and leisure for the whole family.
This year’s emcee will once again be Teddy Roosevelt, aka Joe Wiegand. Mr. Wiegand has studied President Roosevelt extensively and has re-enacted Theodore Roosevelt in Chatauqua-style events for many years! He is “…A lifelong student of American history, government and foreign policy, Joe is a political science graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, and a former graduate assistant at the Center for Governmental Studies at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.”
So be sure and say hi and chat with President Roosevelt and learn a thing or two about history! For more information on Mr. Wiegand, his expertise and reprisal of President Roosevelt, please visit his website at: www.teddyrooseveltshow.com.
Additionally this year, our nation will celebrate “50 Years of Wilderness” honoring America’s “True American Legacy of Wilderness.” Pelican Island proper was designated as a “Wilderness Area” by the federal government in 1970. For more information about this designation, visit www.wilderness.net/NWPS/wildView?WID=448. For more information about the 50 Years of Wilderness celebration, visit www.wilderness50th.org.
A raffle drawing will be held at the Pelican Island Wildlife Festival. The Grand Prize is a custom made wooden kayak, valued at $1450! The kayak is hand crafted by Mike Beck of Treasure Coast Wooden Boats of Sebastian.
This is a photo of the 2013 kayak raffle prize winner with the wooden kayak made by Mike.
Raffle tickets are $2 each and can be purchased at the Pelican Island Preservation Society/Festival Information tent on the day of the festival.
The raffle drawing for all prizes will be held at 3:30 PM the day of the festival. You do not need to be present to win.
Bird Watching by Boat
The Pelican Island Wildlife Festival includes boat tours through the Indian River Lagoon to Pelican Island. Wintering birds seen on the island may include White Pelicans, Brown Pelicans, Roseate Spoonbills and Forster’s tern.
Over 30 species of birds use Pelican Island as a rookery, roost, feeding ground, or loafing area. 16 different species of birds nest on Pelican Island, including the Brown Pelican, Wood Stork, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Reddish Egret, Cattle Egret, Great Blue Heron, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Green-backed Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, Double-crested cormorant, Anhinga, White Ibis, American oystercatcher, Common moorhen.
Wintering birds include the White pelican, double-crested cormorant, Roseate Spoonbill, Blue-wing teal, Lesser scaup, Red-breasted merganser, Ring-billed gull, Forster’s tern, and Common Loon.
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