Birding

Indian River County is a birding paradise! Whether you’re an experienced birder or just a beginner our native birds are sure to delight. In addition to being part of the Great Florida Birding Trail, Indian River is also home to Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge – America’s first wildlife refuge. Over thirty species of birds use Pelican Island as a rookery, roost, feeding ground, or loafing area.


Indian River County is a birding paradise! Whether you’re an experienced birder or just a beginner our native birds are sure to delight. In addition to being part of the Great Florida Birding Trail, Indian River is also home to Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge – America’s first wildlife refuge. Over thirty species of birds use Pelican Island as a rookery, roost, feeding ground, or loafing area.

Blue Cypress Lake

 7400 Blue Cypress Lake Rd , Vero Beach , FL32966

Dale Wimbrow Park

The park lies along the Sebastian River and includes a large playground with new equipment, picnic pavilions, restrooms, boat launch, fitness trail, paved parking, fishing access and BBQ grills.
 11805 Roseland Rd , Sebastian , FL32958

Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area

Lush tropical hammocks, great birding, and a dash of history along the mangrove-edged waters of the Indian River Lagoon make Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area a diverse and interesting place to explore. Ferns and wild coffee grow to enormous sizes, bromeliads dangle like chandeliers in the forest canopy, and unusual fungi sprouts from rotting logs in the forest floor. Add trails and you have yourself an afternoon’s worth of adventure.
 Oslo Road, East of US Hwy 1 , Vero Beach , FL

Pelican Island Audubon Society

The birding resource for Indian River County.
 P.O. Box 1833 , Vero Beach , FL32961

Pelican Island National Wild Refuge

Pelican Island is listed as the first national wildlife refuge in the United States. Established by an executive order of President Theodore Roosevelt on March 14, 1903, it was created to protect egrets and other birds from extinction through plume hunting. The refuge consists of a 3-acre island that includes an additional 2.5 acres of surrounding water and is home to hundreds of species of animals including birds, fish, plants, and mammals. Guided and self-guided tours are available throughout the year.
 4055 Wildlife Way , Vero Beach , FL32963

Sebastian Inlet State Park

Don't Miss the Turtle Walks in June-July! Reservations: Turtle Walk programs are presented during the months of June and July. Reservations for the month of June begin on May 15 from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Reservations for the month of July begin on June 15 from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Contact the Sebastian Fishing Museum 772.388.2750 for reservations. Turtle Walks at the Sebastian Fishing Museum are limited to 20 guests and are conducted Friday through Tuesday at the Sebastian Fishing Museum.
 9700 S. Hwy A1A , Melbourne Beach , FL32951

St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park

The preserve has 60 miles of trails equally split between Brevard and Indian River Counties. Most of our trails are very long and are more suited for horseback riding, mountain biking and extended hikes. The State Park protects the West Indian manatee, red-cockaded woodpecker and Florida scrub jay by providing upland buffer to the river and limiting development in the area. The preserve is a mosaic of open pine flatwoods, seasonal wetlands, hardwood swamp, sand pine scrub and scrubby flatwood communities.
 1000 Buffer Preserve Dr , Fellsmere , FL32948