Entries tagged with “Pelican Island”.

As we enter the new year, the countdown begins to some of Florida’s most exciting events. Of course there are many more throughout the state, but here are just a few of my recommendations for fun and exciting things to do in the first few months of 2011!!

  • Daytona 500 – February 20

February 20th is the date for the 53rd running of the “Great American Race”, but the action starts on January 20-22 with the Preseason Thunder Fan Fest, and continues right up to the big race with many other exciting races and events!! Daytona International Speedway is the venue!!

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  • Downtown Art & Living Expo, Orlando – February 19,20

If NASCAR is not your thing, check out the Art & Living Expo at beautiful Lake Eola in Downtown Orlando for great music, art and food!!IMG_2688

  • Bike Week, Daytona Beach – March 4-13

Daytona Beach and sites throughout Volusia County will be buzzing with the sights and sounds of the World Famous Rally!! Main St. in Daytona Beach and Daytona International Speedway are two of the major sites for all the great action!!IMG_9136 - Copy

  • Pelican Island Wildlife Festival, Sebastian – March 19

Indian River County is the location for the celebration of America’s very first National Wildlife Refuge. 2011 marks the 108th anniversary of President Theodore Roosevelt’s designation of Pelican Island as a federal bird reservation, which eventually became a National Wildlife Refuge!!


  • MLB Spring Training, Throughout Florida – Mid February thru March

See major league stars up close as another great season gets under way with Grapefruit League action in cities and towns throughout Florida!! Catch Jeter, A-Rod, Albert Pujols, Joey Votto and many others as they prepare for the 2011 Major League season!!IMG_7421a

  • Easter Surf Fest, Cocoa Beach – April 22,23,24

The Cocoa Beach Pier and Shepard Park are the venues for some of the best surfing on the East Coast!! Come out catch some rays, eat some great food, and watch all the surfing action!!


As you walk along the elevated walkway to the viewing deck for the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge in Sebastian, the scenery is breathtaking, but it’s difficult to look at anything but the walkway. The reason for this is that the planks that make up the walkway are engraved with the names of each wildlife refuge in America, with the name, location, and year designated. The NWR’s are listed by year, starting with the newest wildlife refuge, and ending near the viewing platform with the name of the oldest, Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge. In the 1800’s bird feathers were extremely valuable due to their use in the fashion industry, leading to the slaughter of many pelicans, as well as other types of Florida birds. Through the efforts of several conservationists, including a German immigrant named Paul Kroegel, who stood guard over the nesting habitat with a shotgun, Pelican Island was named by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1903 as the first federal bird reservation, which began the national wildlife refuge system. Today Pelican Island is a nesting ground for 16 different bird species, and can be viewed by boat, or from the platform at the end of the walkway off of State Road A1A, just minutes south of Sebastian Inlet State Park. So next time you’re heading to the Inlet for a day of beach fun, due yourself a favor and take a detour on the little dirt road back to the Pelican Island Viewing Area and Centennial Trail, and you’ll be glad you did!! Enjoy the photos!!

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