Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge

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Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge beach at dawn.jpg
the refuge at dawn
Map showing the location of Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge
Map showing the location of Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge
Location Martin County, Florida, USA
Nearest city Jupiter Island, Florida
Coordinates 27°2′26″N 80°6′49″W / 27.04056°N 80.11361°W / 27.04056; -80.11361Coordinates: 27°2′26″N 80°6′49″W / 27.04056°N 80.11361°W / 27.04056; -80.11361
Area 1,035 acres (419 ha)
Established 1969
Governing body US Fish & Wildlife Service

The Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge, a part of the United States National Wildlife Refuge System, is located on Jupiter Island in Florida. Part of the refuge is inside the town of Jupiter Island, while the rest is in the unincorporated areas of Martin County. The 1,035-acre (4.19 km2) refuge was established in 1969, to protect the loggerhead and green sea turtles. It is administered as part of the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge.[1]

Within the refuge is the 173-acre (0.70 km2) Reed Wilderness Seashore Sanctuary, designated a National Natural Landmark on November 1967.[1][2]

Hobe Sound Nature Center[edit]

The Hobe Sound Nature Center is a private non-profit nature center that cooperates with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to conduct environmental education and awareness programs about the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge. The Center was founded in 1973 by and continues to receive major support from the Jupiter Island Garden Club.

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