Today we decided to drive A-1A, the highway that travels along the Atlantic Ocean. We headed north towards Melbourne to explore a couple of RV parks along the way, to maybe see some more beaches, and just to see the sights. Rain threatened all morning long, so road trip to the rescue! About 125 miles later, we're back and here's the best of what we experienced...
Our favorite sight to see today was the Pelican Wildlife Refuge...the first national wildlife refuge. There are several trails there....one of them a historical jungle trail. We were just briefly exploring, so we didn't check that one out....You can bike the jungle trail and it's paved, sort of an oxymoron in my opinion!
At the end of the boardwalk, there is an 18 foot observation tower that directly faces Pelican Island, a 3 mile island that is a natural mangrove where migratory birds come to roost every night and use as a rookery. As many as 30 different species of birds visit this island. Sixteen species nest there. There are four different kinds of egrets that can be sometimes seen on Pelican Island, and FIVE kinds of herons.
One single man was responsible for beginning the initial battle to save this beautiful area from humans' devastating habit of ruining their environment. This man, Paul Kroegel, all four foot, eleven inches of him, with a double barrel shotgun held off feather hunters coming to Pelican Island to kill the birds for their plumage. He eventually became one of the first Audubon wardens in Florida. We'll probably never remember this guy's name, but we will remember that "one person can make a difference."
There are marshes at the preserve where you can see a wide variety of ducks...We think we saw some loons and definitely saw a flotilla of white pelicans. There were about a dozen of them cruising the lake, back and forth, back and forth. Sparky forgot her camera battery and memory card, but she had the camera. Good grief! Lotta good that did! Photos today are from Eldo's wonderful iphone 4S camera.
There are very nice resting places to sit and contemplate and appreciate nature.....
We enjoy visiting any Wildlife Refuge! They are always so peaceful. This trail looks lovely! Glad you had a great day. ~wheresweaverReplyDelete
Sounds like another great refuge that we need to add to our list.ReplyDelete
My original reason for wanting to full time was to visit all the National Wildlife Refuges in the country. That's still my goal. This looks like a great one. When we go back to Sebastian State Park for 2 weeks next winter it is definitely on my list.ReplyDelete