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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Pelican Island Festival

Pelican Island Wildlife Refuge...the Nation's First
Festival on March 14, 2008

"On March 14th, 1903, the dream of one man with a boat became reality. Sebastian resident, Paul Kroegel, had fought hard to protect the birds of Pelican Island from relentless "feather seekers". Through Paul's vision and the help of many friends one hundred years ago, President Theodore Roosevelt declared Pelican Island to be America's First National Wildlife Refuge." Pelican Island Wildlife Preserve Website.
A President Roosevelt re-enactor spoke to the crowd and wandered among us answering questions. That certainly brought the festival to life.

As we sat down to watch the wildlife presentation, it started to rain...the first we have had since the first of February. Although the birds and reptiles didn't seem to mind, the human audience scattered for shelter. It didn't last long and the festivities continued.

This gorgeous eagle was pushed out of the nest by a greedy sibling and was found with a broken wing. He will never be able to return to the wild, but probably will have a long good life educating us on these fascinating raptors.

Later in the afternoon, after dinner with dear friends, we checked out the two county beaches along A1A. They were badly damaged by the hurricanes of '04, but are rebuilt bigger and better than before. I can't wait to take the kiddies there during their Easter vacation.
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