A Visit to the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

While visiting the Space Coast on vacation last week, I took the opportunity to visit the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and its Black Point Wildlife Drive. It was a unique experience because I’ve never visited a mangrove swamp environment before. It gave me the chance to see Reddish Egrets and White Pelicans for the first time; Savannah and Brunswick are a little out of both birds’ ranges. The Black Point Wildlife Drive is about seven miles long and meanders throughout several different kinds of environments and provides the opportunity to see a wide variety of wildlife. It’s definitely a place to put on your itinerary if you’re visiting the Space Coast of Florida.

Tricolored Heron
Little Blue Heron
Snowy Egret shaking itself dry
Great Egret
Belted Kingfisher
Reddish Egret
Black Ducks
Blue-winged Teal
Glossy Ibis
Great Blue Heron
Roseate Spoonbill
Pied Billed Grebes
White Pelicans
Male Anhinga

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