27th Annual Pelican Island Wildlife Festival
Saturday, march 9, 2019
Riverview Park, Sebastian - 10 AM to 4 PM
To help make the festival a success each year, PIPS relies on numerous volunteers the day of the event. If you are interested in information about volunteer opportunities or how to register to help out, visit our Festival Volunteers page. It's not too early to let us know that you would like to help with next year's celebration!
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 2018 Pelican Island Wildlife Festival celebrated the 115th 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).
Live Wildlife Shows
Rehabilitated Pelican release (if available)
Arts & Crafts
Native Plants for sale
Kids' Activities and games
Amateur Photography Contest
Raffles & Silent Auctions
Boat Tours to Pelican Island
Center Stage Schedule
9:45 – 10:00 a.m. CAVALCADE WITH ““PRESIDENT”” THEODORE ROOSEVELT
10:00 -10:30 a.m. OPENING CEREMONIES
Arrival of “President” Theodore Roosevelt and Mayor of Sebastian, Jim Hill
Color Guard – American Legion Post 189
Singing of the National Anthem (with Gifford Youth Chorus?)
Welcome and Opening Remarks from Tim Glover, PIPS President
Brief comments from “President” Roosevelt
10:30 – 11:00 a.m. HOOKED A BIRD?
Presentation by Therese Harber, Sebastian Inlet State Park
TENTATIVE: Release of a rehabilitated pelican by Tim Brown, Treasure Coast Wildlife Center
11:00 – 11:15 a.m. PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST AWARDS PRESENTATION
11:15 – 11:30 a.m. VERO BEACH WINE AND FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTATION
11:30 – 11:40 a.m. TRIVIA
11:40 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. BIRDS OF PREY WILDLIFE DEMONSTRATION
Tim Brown, Treasure Coast Wildlife Center
12:15 – 12:45 p.m. BATS OF FLORIDA
Shari Blissett-Clark, Florida Bat Conservancy
12:45 – 1:00 p.m. 50/50 DRAWING and TRIVIA
1:00 – 1:15 p.m. ABC’S OF PELICAN ISLAND WILDLIFE REFUGE
Jeremy Edwardson, Manager, Pelican Island and Archie Carr Wildlife Refuges
1:15 – 1:30 p.m. CHAT WITH ANNE MICHAEL
Paul Tritaik, Project Leader, J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge
1:30 – 1:45 p.m. BREVARD ZOO
1:45 – 2:00 p.m. PIPS: WHO WE ARE, WHY WE ARE, WHAT WE DO
Tim Glover, President, Pelican Island Preservation Society
2:00 – 2:30 p.m. BIRDS OF PREY WILDLIFE DEMONSTRATION
Tim Brown, Treasure Coast Wildlife Center
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. KEYNOTE: CONSERVATION HISTORY WITH “PRESIDENT” ROOSEVELT
3:30 – 3:45 p.m. SECOND 50/50 DRAWING
3:45 – 4:00 p.m. PHOTO AUCTION WINNERS
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
The image above shows the Photography Contest display at the Wildlife Festival. Please click here for the Photography Contest information page, with access to the full Rules and Information for entry in the contest.
Below is a video of all entries in the 2018 Photography Contest. Photo Contest winners were:
Best in Show - Linda Leonard, "Fishing in the Rain"
First Place - Chuck Palmer, "Natural Patterns"
Second Place - Susan Grube, "Blue Cypress Foggy Morning"
Third Place - Chuck Palmer, "Her Secret path"
First Place - David Sime, "Dragonfly on Horsemint"
Second Place - Jennifer Lanam, "Florida Sunshine"
Third Place - Cheryl Howard, "Dragonfly"
First Place - David Sime, "Two for One"
Second Place - Maria Heffernan, "Morning Catch"
Third Place - Don Martin, "Home Building"