Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge in Sebastian, Florida was established by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1903, making it the very first national wildlife refuge.
In honor of the Refuge System Centennial Celebration in 2003, a Centennial Trail was built at Pelican Island NWR. The trail features a long boardwalk with planks for every refuge in the System and provides a covered overlook of Pelican Island — giving refuge visitors a unique chance to view the Pelican Island rookery from land and without the use of a boat. From the boardwalk, visitors can not only watch the famous pelicans fly around the local islands, but they can also get a great view of the beautiful Indian River Lagoon.
Happy New Year to the Refuge System, and to all of its employees and volunteers!