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Group Tour: Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, located along Florida’s coast about 60 miles east of the city of Orlando, was established by agreement as an overlay of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) John F. Kennedy Space Center. The refuge lies within one of the most productive estuaries in the country.
Some key species of birds are Black Ducks, Gadwall, Canvasbacks, Buffleheads, American, and – if we are lucky – Eurasian Widgeon, and Hooded and Red Breasted Mergansers in addition to the shorebirds American Avocets, and quite a few different species of Sandpipers and Rails. We may also see White Pelicans and Peregrine Falcons, Reddish and Snowy Egrets, Wood Storks, and all of the herons common to Florida. In short, a wonderful spot for photography!
The tours generally begin at sunrise and last for approximately four hours. Attendees will be invited to a conference call prior to the event where more details will be provided.
The difficulty of this tour is moderate. There is a short distance walking over semi-improved surfaces, and some walking on beach sand. Insects should be low to moderate. The temperature should be moderate at this time of year. Close-toed shoes and comfortable walking clothes are recommended. Snacks and drinks will be provided.