Barrier Island Center and Pelican Island Sunset Fly-In
February 3, 2022 @ 9:30 am - 7:30 pm$135.00
Meet in front of the Convention Center Building to board the bus. Bring money for late lunch at Blackfin’s Riverfront Grill at Capt. Hiram’s Resort in Sebastian, FL. Price includes a snack bag. Dress warmly as it will be chilly out on the water. Rain gear will cut the wind and is recommended.
This trip begins with a personal tour of the Barrier Island Center (BIC) and a video followed by scoping for shorebirds and sea birds at the boardwalk along the Atlantic Ocean. The BIC is located inside the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge (ACNWR) on South Melbourne Beach, home to the most important sea turtle nesting habitat in the United States. More loggerhead sea turtles nest within the Carr Refuge than anywhere else in the Western Hemisphere. Additionally, there has been a significant increase in both green and leatherback sea turtle nesting here. Following a bus ride to Sebastian, you will arrive at Capt. Hiram’s Resort for a late lunch and a boat tour to Pelican Island on the River King, a 45-foot USCG approved pontoon boat. Pelican Island became the first National Wildlife Refuge in the United States when it was designated as a bird sanctuary by President Roosevelt in March 1903. The refuge is famous for its Brown Pelican rookery, but 15 additional species also nest on the 4.2-acre Pelican Island, including Wood Stork, Anhinga, American Oystercatcher, and many herons and egrets. On the water look for American White Pelican, Lesser Scaup, Mottled Duck, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Pied-billed Grebe, Red-breasted Merganser and many gulls and terns. Bottle-nosed dolphins are probable and sea turtles are possible. In the event of inclement weather, participants on the trip will view Pelican Island and the birds coming in to roost for the evening from the Refuge’s land-based location on the barrier island. Lunch will be served at Blackfin’s Riverfront Grill. Starters, soups, salads, and sandwiches range from $8-$19; entrees from $17-$29.