Between every two pine trees there is a door leading to a new way of life.
June 17, 2020
**The Friends of St. Vincent NWR are creating a new web site, watch for it in early Fall.
We will add our 2020-2021 Tour schedule then. Due to Social Distancing restrictions and reconstruction efforts on the island from Hurrican Micahael, there will be no wagon tours but there will be some guided walks. Hope to see you then.
2020 Indian Pass
Protect the Point
Summer Intern Program
As of June 15, 2020, Terry Peacock, Manager of St. Marks & St. Vincent NWR, has received 408 emails and letters in support of the aquisition of the Indian Pass Campgrounds for St. Vincent NWR. Further information to follow.
About the Program: Snowy plovers, least terns, American oystercatchers, brown pelicans, and others rely on the western Point of St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge; this area is not only enticing to wild birds, but to visiting paddlers.
To help protect the point, Friends of the Refuge hired summer interns in 2018 and 2019 to act as ambassadors for the breeding and migrating birds of St. Vincent NWR. In 2018, Miss Kimberly Magee educated more than 700 individual visitors to Indian Pass, and prevented many intrusions into the nesting area. Chloe Dubben continued and expanded the work in 2019.
Due to the current COVID-19 situation, USFWS has asked that
volunteers remain off the Refuge until it is safe to return. The
intern program is on indefinite hold. Thank you for your support.
**Link to article about Sea Turtles co-authored by Dr. Mariana Fuentes, who has done research on St. Vincent https://news.fsu.edu/news/science-technology/2020/06/01/the-world-on-their-backs-loggerhead-sea-turtles-host-diverse-community-of-miniature-organisms/
Photo by Debbie Hooper
St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge includes mainland sites at 14 mile, 11 mile (off of C30-A) as well as Pig Island and St. Vincent Island, which is the westernmost of 4 barrier islands in the northwestern Florida Gulf coast which include Cape St. George Island, St. George Island and Dog Island. St. Vincent Island is located just offshore in Franklin County, Florida south southeast of Cape San Blas and north of Cape St. George Island close to the mouth of the Apalachicola River and the town of Apalachicola on the Florida Panhandle.
The island is 9 miles long and 4 miles wide and comprises 12,300 acres. The triangular island is larger than most of the northern Gulf coast barrier islands and dissected by dune ridges, freshwater lakes and sloughs on the east end. The west ends supports dry upland pine forests.