If you want to truly get back to nature during your Florida getaway, a visit to the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge should be on your schedule. Established in 1991, this refuge was named after the late Dr. Archie Carr, Jr. in recognition of his contribution to the conservation of sea turtles. Dr. Carr’s refuge is a result of his bringing attention to the declining population of sea turtles because of loss of habitat and overexploitation of the species.
About the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge
The Refuge is a 20.5-mile stretch located between Wabasso and Melbourne beaches. It was created to protect the wild habitat for the loggerhead sea turtle and has become one of the most significant nesting areas in the Western Hemisphere. Long stretches of undisturbed beaches that receive little to no artificial light are important aspects that are essential to the success and survival of the nesting turtles. Additionally, it is also a protected area for green turtle nesting. The number of turtles in the refuge is significant, representing about 25 to 25 percent of all green sea turtle and loggerhead nests in the United States. Other turtles found at the refuge include the leatherback, which is one of the world’s rarest and largest sea turtles.
Continuing Protection of the Turtles Through Partnerships
The Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, which spans 248-acres, is also known for its unique placement within a patchwork of developed properties and protected lands. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has established partnerships with local governmental agencies, along with private conservation groups, to help manage the habitat, as well as acquire additional lands. This partnership is now responsible for protecting more than 900 acres, and also educates residents and visitors about this unique barrier island ecosystem.
Visiting The Refuge
The best time to see the turtles in June and July during guide, nighttime turtle watch programs. The Refuge is open each day from sunrise to sunset and there are no fees, unless you want to visit some areas within the Sebastian Inlet State Park. You will definitely want to visit the Visitor Center where you can see exhibits, enjoy a tour, and take part in other education programs.
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