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Our Mission: To preserve and protect the animals, plants, and natural communities, and the land and water on which they depend in Indian River County through education, advocacy, and public awareness.


Many thanks for all your help in stopping the county’s Oslo boat ramp project.  Special thanks to Captain Paul Fafetta (President, Coastal Conservation Association), Dr.  Grant Gilmore (R. Grant Gilmore, Jr., Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Estuarine, Coastal and Ocean Science, Inc.), Dr. William Loftus (William F. Loftus, Ph.D.Aquatic Research & Communication, LLC), Captain Mark Yanno (local fishing guide), Dr. Edie Widder (CEO & Senior Scientist Ocean Research & Conservation Association, Inc), and all the many who showed up, told others, and wrote letters! It was a team effort.  Being there was important. As a friend wrote, “Sometimes democracy works (especially on the local level)!” We can work together to make things happen here. Thank you all. Yes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Leave nature for us all.

Richard H.  Baker, Ph.D.
President, Pelican Island Audubon Society

Follow the link below to view the article in the Press Journal

Speakers Doug Tallamy and Juanita Baker.
Photo by Mary Schenkel.

‘Transforming Landscapes’ champions native planting
Written by: Mary Schenkel
Read the article in VeroNews.

"Thank you all for attending and supporting this amazing conference. It was certainly more than we hoped for and so many people learned new insights as a result. We can now carry forth together with our vision of transforming our county and the Treasure Coast with so many of you great supporters." --- Richard H. Baker

Thank You To Our Sponsors for supporting the
Transforming Landscapes For A Sustainable Future Conference!
Florida Power & Light
Grand Harbor Audubon Society
National Estuary Program / EPA
Sunsrise Rotary Club
Environmental Learning Center
Dr. Richard Sakai
Friends of the Carr Refuge
Garden Club of Indian River County
Ken Gonyo
The Law Office of George Glenn
Indian River Neighborhood Association
Marine Resources Council
Brevard Indian River Lagoon Coalition
Conradina Chapter - Florida Native Plant Society
Dr. David Cox Consulting
Friends of St. Sebastian River
Steve Goff
Frances Graves
Indian River Land Trust
Mandala Village & Resort
Tina Marchese
National Audubon Society
Native Plant Horticulture Foundation
Pelican Island Preservation Society
Dr. John Orcutt
St. Johns Riverkeeper
Save The Manatee Club
Sierra Club - Turtle Coast Group
Marie Stiefel
David & Joyce Thompson
Class Schedule
Nov 17, 2017

History of ORCA & Pelican Island Audubon - Dr. Richard Baker
Indian River Lagoon
- Bob Montanaro
Our Natural Habitats followed by ORCA Hammock Walk - Ken Gonyo

Dec 15, 2017

Scrub-Jays & their Habitats - followed by ORCA Scrub walk
Bob Montanaro, Ellie Van Os, Ken Gonyo

Jan 19-20, 2018

Conference: Transforming Landscapes for a Sustainable Future at the Emerson Center - $25 fee includes Friday Evening Reception & Lunch
See more information below.

Feb 16, 2018

Butterfly/Pollinator Native Gardens - Ken Gonyo
Invasive Plants & their Control - Beth Powell & Wendy Swindell

March 16, 2016

Choosing the right native plants to beautify & bring our landscapes to life with Chris Waltz, Conradina Chapter, Florida Native Plant Society - followed by a guided walk through the Audubon House landscaping

Apr 20, 2018

Flora & Fauna of the Indian River Lagoon followed by seining for fish in the IRL - Dr. Grant Gilmore

May 18, 2018

Blood Suckers followed by finding them at ORCA -
Dr. Nathan Burkett-Cadena

Mar Sunday Morning TBD

Birding to a Wetland Habitat

All classes held at the Pelican Island Audubon House are taught by dynamic guest speakers on topics related to our local natural habitats and associated flora and fauna. Each class will have a classroom segment of interactive lectures followed by outside field excursions relating to the classroom topics. The class will give you opportunities for hands-on learning of various habitats. Class schedule subject to change.
Pelican Island Audubon Event Calendar
Visit Audubon House and the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA)
195 9th Street SE (Oslo Road), Vero Beach
The Pelican Nest Gift Shop is now open at Audubon House on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10AM to 3PM and Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9AM to 1PM. Browse through a large selection of unique, interesting, and educational nature-themed items ranging from home decor to nature books while supporting Pelican Island Audubon at the same time. Cash, check, or credit cards are accepted.
___Take Note___

Help the Florida Scrub-Jay! Become a JayWatch volunteer!
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Browse the Pelican Island Audubon library in the comfort of your own home. Over 2,100 books in the collection and growing!

Browse the Online Catalog

Books may be checked out of the library at Audubon House by Pelican Island Audubon Society members.

Letter to St. Johns River Water Management District concerning water farming

March Peligram

Read the latest edition of the newsletter.

March Hoot

2018 The Year of the Bird

Bird Photo Contest

Enter your photos of Florida birds!

Contact your Florida Legislator:

Florida Senate legislator

Florida House legislator

Governor Rick Scott

Purchase the updated and expanded second edition of
Reflections of Blue Cypress: Photographs, History, and Poems
by Richard H. Baker, Ph.D. and Juanita Baker, Ph.D.

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Fall 2017 Audubon Advocate Completion Ceremony
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