Thanks to all our volunteers, exhibitors, vendors, and presenters for making the 2015 Pelican Island Wildlife Festival another fun, exciting and successful event! If you are interested in helping with our 2016 festival, please let us know. We will be planning for next year’s event soon and we hope to make it bigger and better. Any help is always appreciated.
The date for the 2016 wildlife festival is Saturday, March 12 – save the date!
The 112th Birthday Celebration of Pelican Island and the National Wildlife Refuge System
Free Parking Free Admission Free Activities
All the event activities at Riverview Park are free, except for boat and birding tours. The pontoon boat tours to Pelican Island are a suggested donation of $15/person, and the birding tour is $25/person. Pontoon boat tours run throughout the event, approximately every 1.5 hours.
All proceeds from this event supports the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge.
2015 Winning Entries
Entries to the 2015 festival Photo Contest can be viewed here. Winning photo entries are as follows:
Best in Show – Vanessa Brooks, Great White Heron
A raffle drawing will be held at the Pelican Island Wildlife Festival. The Grand Prize is a custom made wooden kayak, valued at $1850! The kayak is hand crafted by Mike Beck of Treasure Coast Wooden Boats of Sebastian. The winner of the 2015 kayak raffle was Eileen Fretz – congratulations!
This is a photo of the 2013 kayak raffle prize winner with the wooden kayak made by Mike.
Raffle tickets are $2 each and can be purchased at the Pelican Island Preservation Society/Festival Information tent on the day of the festival.
The raffle drawing for all prizes will be held at 3:30 PM the day of the festival. You do not need to be present to win.
Bird Watching by Boat
The Pelican Island Wildlife Festival includes boat tours through the Indian River Lagoon to Pelican Island. Wintering birds seen on the island may include White Pelicans, Brown Pelicans, Roseate Spoonbills and Forster’s tern.
Over 30 species of birds use Pelican Island as a rookery, roost, feeding ground, or loafing area. 16 different species of birds nest on Pelican Island, including the Brown Pelican, Wood Stork, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Reddish Egret, Cattle Egret, Great Blue Heron, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Green-backed Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, Double-crested cormorant, Anhinga, White Ibis, American oystercatcher, Common moorhen.
Wintering birds include the White pelican, double-crested cormorant, Roseate Spoonbill, Blue-wing teal, Lesser scaup, Red-breasted merganser, Ring-billed gull, Forster’s tern, and Common Loon.
Would you like to sponsor our 2016 festival? Your name could be here!
Ridley’s Custom Framing
Treasure Coast Herpetological Society