28th Annual Pelican Island Wildlife Festival

Saturday, march 7, 2020

Riverview Park, Sebastian - 10 AM to 4 PM

A great day was had by all at the 2019 Festival, with spectacular weather, as you can see in the photo below of President Roosevelt arriving for our festival, with “Puddles” the Blue Goose who flew in to join us. Thanks to all who helped make this our best celebration yet!

The Pelican Island Wildlife Festival celebrates the anniversary of the establishment of the nation’s first National Wildlife Refuge, on March 14, 1903, by President Theodore Roosevelt, hosted by the Pelican Island Preservation Society and the City of Sebastian.  Please see our sponsors below.  Thank you to all our sponsors for your generous donations and support!

The 2019 Pelican Island Wildlife Festival celebrated the 116th anniversary of the Pelican Island NWR.  President Roosevelt joined us once again as our Master of Ceremonies, to celebrate with gusto, and teach us about the history of Pelican Island and his efforts to protect its birds.  President Roosevelt is brought to life for us by the country’s premier Theodore Roosevelt interpreter, Joe Wiegand, (learn more about Joe at www.teddyrooseveltshow.com).

President Theodore Roosevelt arrives with “Puddles” the Blue Goose, mascot of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Photo: Sandy Peterson

President Theodore Roosevelt arrives with “Puddles” the Blue Goose, mascot of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Photo: Sandy Peterson


Live Wildlife Shows
Rehabilitated Pelican release (if available)
Environmental Exhibitors
Arts & Crafts
Native Plants for sale
Food Vendors50/50 Raffle
Educational Presentations
Historical Reenactments
Amateur Photography Contest
Boat Tours to Pelican Island

Center Stage Schedule

To be announced

The event is free with free parking.  Boat Tours are $20/adult, $10/child under 10 years (free under 3 years of age).

Food and drink will be for sale, as well as environmental themed crafts and art.

Be sure to stop by the PIPS tent/festival headquarters for an event flyer, information, memorabilia, boat tour tickets, and membership information!

Information and Forms

2019 Festival Program
Exhibitor Information and Application
Sponsor Information
Food Vendor Information and Application
Photography Contest Rules and Information

Photo: Patty Corapi

Photo: Patty Corapi

The image above shows the Photography Contest display at the Wildlife Festival.

Below is a video of all entries in the 2018 Photography Contest.  Photo Contest winners for the 2019 Festival are:

Best in Show - Daryl Gilbert, “Osprey Snack”

    First Place - Chuck Palmer, "Time Goes By"
    Second Place - Chuck Palmer, "Life Returned"
    Third Place - Christie Leavitt, "Ocean"

    First Place - Arlene Willnow, "Red Dragonfly"
    Second Place - John Furlong, "Halloween Pennant Wings"
    Third Place - Cheryl Howard, "Swallowtail"

    First Place - Marc Szczesny-Pumarada, "Gator Reflections"
    Second Place - Cheryl Howard, "Two-Gether"
    Third Place - David Reyes, "Cotton Candy"

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