St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge Volunteers & Friends 

email us at                Spring/Summer 2008





Entry Form


As you may have heard, our refuge is celebrating 40 years as part of the National Wildlife Refuge System.  To celebrate, our Supporters group is sponsoring a photo contest.  View and download the Entry form and rules at the above link.  More details coming soon here on our Volunteers website


BOATHOUSE BLUES: 6:45 am Rise 'n' Shin


2008 SVNWR Hunt Dates: 

 Sambar  Deer  Quota  Hunt :  12/04/08  to 12/06/08

 Archery  Hunt: 10/23/08  to 10/25/08

Primitive  Weapons  Hunt:   1/22/09  to 1/24/09

Contact St. Marks NWR

at (850) 925-6121 for additional information





 CLICK HERE for a link to the Official St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge Website

CLICK HERE for a SVNWR Refuge Map






In February, after sixteen years of shepherding our biological programs on our refuge, Thom Lewis moved on to fulfill a life- long dream: to become a pilot biologist.  He is currently interning, based out of his home state, Maryland, and doing a lot of traveling for training.   Even so, he found time to help us out with the red wolf program in April, and contributed photos for our refuge Open House in May.  While we are happy for Thom, we all miss him, and our fingers are crossed that this is not a real goodbye, but just an "adios!"

UPDATE: Endangered Red Wolf Island Propagation Program:

 The refuge has been on tenterhooks since  April about the status of the Red Wolf Recovery Program on our refuge.  Lack of funds threatened our breeding pair's future here, even though it appears that, once again, for the fourth year in a row, they have produced another litter of pups in the wild.  Thanks to volunteers Robin & Mike Vroegop, Gloria Austin, and John Inzetta who have been diligently tracking and documenting their movements around the refuge.  No puppies seen yet, but all indications are good.  BEST OF ALL, we have just learned that our refuge red wolf program will be funded for another three years.  That will take us through 'til 2010, when we will have a twenty year track record of red wolf propagation.

2008 Endangered Sea Turtle Nesting Update:

We are pleased that as of August 12th, we have had 57 loggerhead sea turtles nests on our gulf beaches.  Thanks to USDA trapping endeavors in May, feral hog depredation has been minimal so far this year.  Now, could we just get the National Weather Service to keep those hurricanes away:)?!  Thank you, all turtle patrollers, for bravely dodging those morning thunderboomers, and meeting Capt. Joey at the crack of dawn, while our boathouse is being repaired!









View photos or add your own on our new Flickr photo discussion site, St. Vincent Volunteers & Friends. CLICK HERE.

Dear Forgotten Coast  "Refugee",

Welcome to our  website!   BOOKMARK IT:                    http://



googlepages .com 

This is our non-official website for communicating all things concerning St. Vincent  NWR volunteers.   If you answer the phone much at the refuge office, one soon finds that St. Vincent has fans all over the Southeast who cherish the island as a very special place to recreate.  Some callers just have fond memories of past visits and want to keep up with our diverse wildlife programs.  So hopefully, this will assist a little bit in coordinating all of our interests. But most of all, we hope you will enjoy your visit here as much as your visit to the island.  Post photos from your visits on our Flickr Website, and view some of ours.  Tell us about your experiences in our discussion group. Planning another trip and have questions or do you have a few hours a week and would like to get involved? Contact  us here and we'll try to get you  the information  you need.