12:00 PM12:00

Sebastian Lionfish Festival

Join the fun for the third annual Sebastian Lionfish Festival at Capt. Hiram's, featuring a lionfish tournament, cook-off, educational experience, and live entertainment! Help spread awareness and protect our coastal ecosystems against this harmful and invasive species!

The event begins with a fishing tournament on May 19th, through the morning of May 20th, followed by a cook-off, beginning at 12pm on May 20th.  Attendees will have the chance to taste lionfish prepared by several participating restaurants, and vote for their favorites.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Sebastian Lionfish Festival website at

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6:00 PM18:00

PIPS General Meeting - Ospreys of Pelican Island

Ospreys of Pelican Island: An Exploration into the Life of the Fish Hawk

Three years in the making, this program follows a pair of Ospreys throughout their nesting season at the nation's first national wildlife refuge - Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge.

This photo documentary was created by Bob Montanaro, who will join us to present this story of the Ospreys he followed at the Pelican Island NWR.  Please join us to enjoy this informative presentation with beautiful photography.

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to Jan 20

Sustainable Future Conference

PIPS is a contributing sponsor of the "Transforming Landscapes for a Sustainable Future" conference, hosted by the Pelican Island Audubon Society.

"Many species could live in sustainable harmony with us if we redesign our landscapes to accommodate those species by providing food, shelter, and nesting sites using native plant species.  Our conference is an opportunity for you, as a builder, landscaper, homeowner association board member, and/or homeowner in Indian River County, to learn how to landscape in a way that is sustainable, cost-effective, and helps enhance our quality of life and our community's health."

The conference includes numerous presentations from experts on wildlife, plants, pollinators, landscaping, and more.

For more information and conference registration, visit the Pelican Island Audubon website at

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to Oct 14

National Wildlife Refuge Week

National Wildlife Refuge Week reminds Americans how nature enriches our lives and adds to the beauty of this country.

Celebrated during the second full week of October since 1996, Refuge Week highlights the National Wildlife Refuge System – the network of lands and waters that protect wildlife and their habitats.

National wildlife refuges have been part of America’s proud natural heritage since the first refuge was established in 1903. They enrich human lives and help conserve wildlife, protect against erosion and flooding and purify air and water. As a benefit to the economy, they generate over $2.4 billion dollars and support more than 35,000 jobs.

For more information about National Wildlife Refuge Week and special events occurring at refuges around the country, visit

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7:00 PM19:00

PIPS General Meeting

Indian River County Historian Ruth Stanbridge will give a presentation about historic Jungle Trail, providing an overview of its history, and current issues regarding some local residents desire to close part of the Trail to vehicular traffic.

All are welcome so please join us.  The meeting will by at the North Indian River County Library at 1001 Sebastian Blvd in Sebastian.

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7:00 PM19:00

PIPS General Meeting

The Archie Carr Refuge celebrated its 25th anniversary last year.  Friends of the Carr Refuge member Vince Lamb will join us at our meeting this month to give a presentation on the history of the Refuge.  The Carr Refuge has become one of the most important sea turtle nesting areas in the Western hemisphere.

The meeting will also be our Annual Meeting, at which current PIPS members will be electing this year's Officer and Directors.  If you are interested in participating on our Board, please let us know!

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