TREASURE COAST - National Wildlife Refuge Week is Oct. 13-19, and there are lots of events at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge in Vero Beach and Nathaniel P. Reed National Wildlife Refuge in Hobe Sound.
National Wildlife Refuge Week is observed the second full week of October each year. The National Wildlife Refuge System, comprised of 565 refuges throughout the country, is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge was the nation’s first national wildlife refuge, designated in 1903 to provide a natural home for wildlife. The Nathaniel P. Reed Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1969, primarily to protect loggerhead and green sea turtles.
At Pelican Island NWR, the Pelican Island Preservation Society is helping to coordinate the National Wildlife Refuge Week events.
The 5th annual Indian River Bird and Art Show is Oct. 11-13. The show will be held at the Sebastian River Art Club, 1245 Main St., Sebastian.
A free featured speaker event hosted by PIPS will be Oct. 12 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Capt. Hiram's Ramp Lounge, 1606 Indian River Dr., Sebastian. The speaker will be zoologist Dr. Llewelyn Erhart, an expert on marine sea turtles and professor emeritus and founder of the Marine Turtle Research Group at the University of Central Florida.
A Sunset Wine and Cheese Cruise to Pelican Island will take place Oct. 12 from 5-7 p.m. The cruise onboard Capt. Hiram's "River King" cost $45 per person and reservations are required. Book online at www.firstrefuge.org.
There will be meet-and-greets Oct. 17 from 8-10 a.m. and Oct. 19 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at PINWR's Centennial Trail. Visitors can ask questions of refuge volunteers. Bring a camera and binoculars for birding. Limited tram rides will be available.
A tree planting ceremony will be Oct. 18 from 8-10 a.m. at the PINWR welcome area off Jungle Trail and A1A. Plant live oak trees with refuge staff and volunteers with the Pelican Island Audubon Society.
The Nathaniel P. Reed Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge will start the week with a Scrub Trail Hike on Oct. 14 at 9 a.m. On Oct. 15 bring the young children for Nature Tales for Tots at 9:30 a.m.
Learn about the Beach Dynamics Program on Oct. 16 at 9 a.m. There will be a talk on seahorses on Oct. 17 at 1 p.m., and a talk about snakes on Oct. 18 at 1 p.m.
The Hobe Sound weeklong celebration ends Oct. 19 with Ceramics for Conservation at 10 a.m.
The Nathaniel P. Reed National Wildlife Refuge is located at 13640 SE Federal Hwy., Hobe Sound. For more information, call (772) 546-6141 or visit www.fws.gov/hobesound.
The public use areas of Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge are located on the Historic Jungle Trail, off of U.S Hwy. A1A, 3.7 miles north of Wabasso Beach Road (CR 510) or 3.3 miles south of Sebastian Inlet. The administration office is located at 4055 Wildlife Way, Vero Beach. For more information, call (772) 581-5557 or visit www.firstrefuge.org.