Pinellas National Wildlife Refuge

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Pinellas National Wildlife Refuge
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
Pinellas National Wildlife Refuge from I-275 causeway.JPG
View from I-275
Map showing the location of Pinellas National Wildlife Refuge
Map showing the location of Pinellas National Wildlife Refuge
Location St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
Nearest city St. Petersburg, Florida
Coordinates 27°39′59″N 82°41′34″W / 27.66631°N 82.69289°W / 27.66631; -82.69289Coordinates: 27°39′59″N 82°41′34″W / 27.66631°N 82.69289°W / 27.66631; -82.69289
Area 394 acres (1.59 km2)
Established 1951
Governing body National Park Service

The Pinellas National Wildlife Refuge is part of the United States National Wildlife Refuge System, located off shore from mainland St. Petersburg, Florida, and only accessible by boat. The 394-acre (1.59 km2) refuge was established in 1951, to act as a breeding ground for colonial bird species. Islands within the refuge include Indian, Tarpon, Mule, and Jackass Keys, and all are within the St. Petersburg city limits.

The refuge is one of the three 'Tampa Bay Refuges', and is administered as a part of the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Fauna[edit]

Brown pelicans, herons, egrets, cormorants and many other species nest on the islands. Tarpon Key has the largest brown pelican rookery in the state.

Access[edit]

Public use of the islands is not allowed in order to protect the species there.

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