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Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge Celebrating 20 Years

Fawns, opossums, fox kits, raccoon cubs, injured hawks, flying squirrels…The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge does not discriminate.

Those are just some of the many species of animals the center has assisted with rehabilitation over the past two decades.

  • According to the ECWR website, the organizations “daily operational goal is to rehabilitate and release all orphaned and injured wildlife indigenous to northwest Florida in accordance with good wildlife management practices.” 
  • The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge provides wildlife rescue services and environmental outreach to five counties in Northwest Florida. The animal care technicians are on duty 24-hours a day, seven days a week, to assist local and state agencies in managing wildlife.
  • The refuge partners with the public and private schools, law enforcement, and local governments on the importance of native species and the proper handling of wildlife.
Bring on the Neon for a Refuge 5K
  • The first annual Zoolectric 5K will be held on March 7, 2015 at 7:00 PM. This nighttime race will feature “electrifying” entertainment, glow-zones, and DJ’s. Participants are invited to sprint or stroll through Destin’s only 3.1 mile evening event. The course will begin and end at Nightown.
  • Runners are invited to wear bright, neon colors, reflective gear, and glow attire. A glow accessory will be provided to each pre-registered runner at packet pickup and event shirts will be given to the first 250 registrants.
  • Early registration is now open here on the ECWR website. All proceeds will benefit the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge and will be used towards education, conservation, and the rehabilitation of Florida’s natural fauna.

Whether a resident or a visitor planning a vacation in Destin, FL, we highly recommend a visit to Henderson Beach State Park.  It’s a perfect spot to enjoy a slice of old Florida, featuring the natural habitats of many of the animals served by the refuge.


Kendra Veach

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