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Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

Location: Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Titusville, FL 32796. GPS Coordinates:  N 28.65740, W 80.75439

Leaders: Avid birders Doris and Steve Brookens 

Meet at:  Home Depot Parking Lot in Fort Pierce by 6:15 am. We plan to leave promptly at 6:30 am. We will then meet up with Doris & Steve at 8:00 am at the Publix at St. Johns Plaza, 3275 Garden St. Titusville (Rt 406).

Directions:  I-95 N to Exit 220 (Rt. 406) Publix is ¼ mile on right. Merritt Island NWR is 92 miles from Fort Pierce Home Depot; we encourage carpooling if possible.

Details: After meeting Doris & Steve, we will proceed to Black Point Wildlife Drive. There is a $10 fee per vehicle to enter Black Point Drive. (Federal Duck Stamps are also valid for admission.) 

The wildlife found in the area is phenomenal. The coastal location, tropic-like climate, and wide variety of habitat types contribute to the refuge's diverse bird population. Usually herons and waterfowl are abundant in January. 

This is an all-day event.  After driving through Black Point, we will stop at the Visitor’s Center where we can eat lunch at the picnic tables.  Please bring a packed lunch. 

On the way home, we plan to stop at Viera Wetlands aka Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands for more phenomenal birding.  Directions: From Merritt Island NWR I-95 S approx. 50 miles, Exit 191 - proceed west, straight around a traffic circle until you come to the end of the road. 

Bring your snacks, lunch, water, bins, scopes, cameras for a fun day.  

For questions please contact: Doris Brookens at cell: 717-576-7876 email: dorisbrookens@gmail.com               

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