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St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge

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1255 Lighthouse Rd
St. Marks, FL 32355 United States

A premier nature location, the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, encompasses 68,000 acres of protected habitats and ecosystems, providing an incredible opportunity for exceptional views of birds and wildlife. The north-south migratory bird flyway passes through the Refuge. There are numerous nature trails, some with wildlife observation decks. Butterfly viewing is excellent, especially during September and October when Monarch butterflies congregate here on their fall migration to Mexico. American Alligators, Bobcats, Northern River Otters, and Florida Black Bears all make their home here. The Refuge is winter home to endangered Whooping Cranes introduced through Operation Migration. In the Spring you can view the eagles and osprey nesting. Visit the historic St. Marks Lighthouse located at the end of the Refuge road. Stop by the Visitor Center where maps and loaner optics are available.

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September 2019

Fall Wildflower Walk

September 28 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
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An event every year that begins at 9:00 am on day last of September, repeating indefinitely

St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, 1255 Lighthouse Rd
St. Marks, FL 32355 United States
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This is a one-of-a-kind wildflower walk offered during spring and fall blooming seasons. Featured is a nature walk "Behind the Gates" to areas not usually open to the public. Wildflower experts identify species and give an oral history of Wakulla County's area wildflowers.

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October 2019

Monarch Butterfly Festival

October 26 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm EDT
St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, 1255 Lighthouse Rd
St. Marks, FL 32355 United States
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Wildlife seekers can come to watch the migrating monarch butterfly pass through the Wakulla County coast around this time, specifically at the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge. The festival has numerous wildlife exhibits in additional to nature-based educational demonstrations. Contact: (850) 925-6121 or saintmarks@fws.gov 

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