1987 Scrub Jay Way #32782, Titusville, FL
Merritt Island is one of the largest barrier Islands in the United States. It fronts on the Atlantic Ocean and is surrounded by what we will call intercoastal, which in this case is really just the Atlantic Ocean.
The next land mass due east, on the same latitude is Morocco. The Bahamas Islands are south of this latitude.
The Refuge shares Merritt Island with the Kennedy space Center, there is a small estuary separating the two, with the wildlife refuge making up I guess 35% of the land mass, maybe 40%. – The Refuge is 570 sq Km or 220 sq mi. The public can be excluded from access to the refuge, if necessary for NASA’s purposes, as is done in the days before a launch.
There over 1000 species of plants, 117 species of fish, 68 amphibians and reptiles, 330 birds, and 31 mammal species, of which 21 species are listed as endangered by the state of Florida or by the US federal government. There are manatees, sea turtles and other endangered species which seek refuge here. On the next trip, will certainly put aside time to see them. I did mention the Refuge is huge, you drive your car on a dirt two lane roads, there are some wide shoulders and small parking lots, where you can get up out of your car and wander. You then drive to the next spot that strikes your fancy.
Exotic, invasive, and nuisance plant and animal species is one of the priority management issues for the Merritt Island NWR. Nuisance animal species have a negative impact on threatened and endangered species. Also, can upset the entire eco- system.
There is an honor system for park admittance, at the entrance to Black Point Wildlife Drive. Here you deposit money in an envelope. The drive is a one-way seven-mile dirt road allowing wildlife viewing of the refuge.