Wildlife Festival, Sebastian, Florida

IMG_0026Taken today at the 21st annual Wildlife Festival in Sebastian Florida, this picture shows a Ft. Pierce Authentic Tours volunteer spreading the word about eco-tourism opportunities in the Fort Pierce area. The Festival celebrates America’s first wildlife refuge created 110 years ago. Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge is located within the Indian River Lagoon, the most biologically diverse estuary in the United States. Situated on Florida’s central eastern coast, the Indian River Lagoon stretches 156 miles and is connected to the Atlantic Ocean by six inlets that run through a barrier island. The lagoon provides habitat for more than 2,200 animal species and 2,100 plant species, including 700 species of fish, 310 species of birds, and 36 endangered species. Due to its location along the Atlantic flyway, the refuge has the most diverse bird population in North America. BLG

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