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Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, Vero Beach

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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The Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge is part of the United States National Wildlife Refuge System, located along a twenty mile (30 km) section of coastline from Melbourne Beach to Wabasso Beach, Florida along State Road A1A. The 900 acre (3.6 km2) refuge was established in 1991, to protect the Loggerhead and Green sea turtles. It is administered as part of the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, through a partnership with the Caribbean Conservation Corporation (a nonprofit turtle conservation group founded by Dr. Archie Carr himself) and Archie Carr Working Group.The refuge provides nesting habitats for approximately one-fourth of all sea turtles nesting in the United States. About 15,000-20,000 sea turtles nests are laid annually, mostly loggerheads, green sea turtles, and some leatherbacks. The refuge also provides habitat for several other threatened and endangered species.Three centers within the sanctuary are run by Brevard County under the aegis of the restrictions established by the federal government.Conservation EffortsArchie Carr NWR is threatened by the ongoing phenomena of sea level rise, and many scientist and researchers are studying the impacts of SLR on the ecosystem services of it.
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  • We recently attended a night guided tour and saw a loggerhead turtle laying eggs, covering her nest, and returning to the water. Where else in the world can you see something like this?! There is also...  read more »
  • We booked for one of the volunteer led turtle sea walks to see a loggerhead turtle laying it's eggs. An exceptional experience which I would recommend anyone visiting June or July looks to visiting th...  read more »
  • We stopped by the Barrier Island Sanctuary Education Center, which is the Visitor Center for the Archie Carr Refuge, and loved it. The Center itself had so many exhibits about the local nature life an...  read more »
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