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Pelican Island Preservation Society info

This site has been restored from the abandoned html pages. Pelican Island Preservation Society now uses domain

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Pelican Island Preservation Society info
PO Box 1903, Sebastian, Florida 32978-1903
Member: Cultural Council of Indian River County and
Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce


Mission Statement

The purpose of this organization is to support and promote Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge (PINWR) and the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS) in their efforts to conserve habitat and wildlife.

The Pelican Island Preservation Society, Inc. is an environmental education organization with the following goals:

  • To heighten awareness of Pelican Island and the more than 500 national wildlife refuges
  • To present six public environmental educational meetings per year
  • To promote national recognition for the natural heritage of the Sebastian area
  • To sponsor an annual event celebrating the anniversary of Pelican Island

The acronym for Pelican Island Preservation Society, PIPS, is symbolic in many ways. A pip is defined as the initial break in an eggshell by a hatchling. When a pelican is ready to hatch, its first crack is called a pip. PIPS is also symbolic of the hatchling of a new concept dating from 1903, namely, to set aside lands as habitat where wildlife may breed and thrive.

Board of Directors

(Note: this is out-of-date information. Refer to the new site.)
Steve Massey, President
Kerry Firth, Vice President
Kristen Beck, Secretary
Walt Stieglitz, Treasurer
Tim Glover, Director – 2 yr.
Sandy Peterson – 2 yr.
Gini Prasch, Director – 1 yr.