The Challenge facing Pelican Island
Over the years, Pelican Island has faced many threats from those who wished to exploit or destroy its wildlife and natural habitats. Each time, concerned citizens and environmental organizations rose to the challenge of preserving this unique refuge for future generations.
Today, Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge faces its most serious threat – the development of the shoreline along its boundary. Development can reduce the area’s water quality by increasing the runoff of sediments, fertilizers, pesticides, and petrochemicals. A decline in water quality will directly affect the food base that sustains the island’s nesting bird colonies. Waterfront development can also lead to more boat traffic that can adversely affect the nesting birds.
A strong cooperative effort will be required to protect the Pelican Island National Wildlife refuge and its tremendous fish and wildlife resources. Please join us in the preservation of Pelican Island and the National Wildlife Refuge System.
Besides your membership, there are always plenty of volunteer opportunities and never enough volunteers to go around. If you are interested in being a volunteer, you will find more information and a partial list of volunteer events here: www.fws.gov/pelicanisland/volunteer.html. You can also give the refuge office a call at 772-562-3909, x258.