Pelican Island: What You Need to Know

Dated: November 7 2020

Views: 232

Pelican Island: What You Need to Know

Pelican Island – the very first national reserve in the U.S. – is a beautiful island tucked away in the Indian River Lagoon just east of Sebastian. You can visit the island via a boat or kayak, though you have to stay off the ground itself.

What is Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge?

The Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge supports bird rockeries, but that’s not all. It’s also a location of key fish spawning sites – and even better, a globally important juvenile sea turtle nursery.

Wildlife at the refuge include:

·       Brown pelicans, which are there all year

·       White pelicans, who make an appearance from fall to early spring (with the occasional juvenile during summer)

·       More than 140 species of birds

·       Over 200 fish species

·       Atlantic bottlenose dolphins

·       West Indian manatees

What to Know Before You Visit

Pelican Island is in the Indian River, and it covers about 5,400 acres of protected waters and land. You can hire a local tour operator to take a boat or kayak tour.

You aren’t allowed to get out of your boat on Pelican Island because the nesting birds there use it as a sanctuary, and doing so would cause too much of a disturbance (and could even cause the birds to stop using the area).

Are You Buying or Selling a Home in Vero Beach?

If you're considering buying or selling a home in Vero Beach, we're here to help. Check out our: 

You can also get in touch with us to learn how we can aggressively market your home to all the right buyers. We can help you sell it quickly - and at the right price - so call us today.

Blog author image

Chip Boyer

Chip is the IT Manager for Alex MacWilliam Real Estate. He handles the technology needs of the company as well as helping agents in their day to day problem solving.....

Latest Blog Posts

Are You Really Ready to Buy a House? 3 Practical Signs That You Are

You’ve graduated from university, landed a good-paying job, your credit score is nothing to shake a stick at, and you even know your debt-to-income ratio—it’s actually good. You

Read More

3 MORE Dangerous Flowering Weeds to Look Out For

A lot of times it’s easy to spot weeds in your yard. Some have imposing jagged-edged leaves, or furry foliage. Others have thorny stems. Many times they stand out simply because they tower

Read More

3 of the Most Dangerous Flowering Weeds. Could They Be in Your Yard?

Weeds tend to stand out. Sometimes they have off-putting hairy leaves. Sometimes they have thorns. Sometimes they have both. Most times, though, they’re just plain ugly. But sometimes weeds

Read More

3 Things Homebuyers Are Looking for Right Now

Homebuyers want luxury in today’s homes, and a residence that provides creature comforts and convenience. A place that makes them feel pampered. Before you put your home on the market,

Read More