Merritt Island is considered one of the best wildlife viewing
areas in Florida. More than 300 bird species and 15 federally
listed endangered or threatened species occur in the refuge.
Several ecosystem types are found on the refuge, including marshes,
saltwater lagoons fringed by red mangroves, uplands with palmetto
and oak hammocks, and the Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon. There
are several trails and the Black Point Wildlife Drive, which covers
seven miles of the dike surrounding many impoundments and salt
marsh and provides excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. There
is also an observation tower and a photo blind.
November brings large numbers of waterfowl, including northern
shoveler, American wigeon, northern pintail, green-winged teal,
blue-winged teal, lesser scaup, ruddy duck, and ring-necked duck.
November also begins nesting season for bald eagles on the refuge.
Red-tailed hawks, red-shouldered hawks, ospreys, merlins, and
American kestrels hunt the marshes. Wading birds court and ne st in
spring, and crowd the flats to fish year-round. Roseate spoonbills
and black-necked stilts are summer residents. Look for scrub jays
on their perches along Highway 3.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
From Titusville, take Florida Highway 406.
Central Florida Wildlife Sites