Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge Article

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Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
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Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge
Map showing the location of Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge
Map showing the location of Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge
Location Brevard County and Indian River County, Florida, United States
Nearest city Melbourne Beach, Florida and Wabasso Beach, Florida
Coordinates 27°55′N 80°29′W / 27.917°N 80.483°W / 27.917; -80.483
ARCHIE CARR NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE Latitude and Longitude:

27°55′N 80°29′W / 27.917°N 80.483°W / 27.917; -80.483
Area900 acres (3.6 km2)
Established1991 (1991)
Governing body United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Website Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge

The Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge is part of the United States National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) System, located along a twenty mile (30 km) section of coastline from Melbourne Beach to Wabasso Beach, Florida along State Road A1A. The 900 acre (3.6 km2) refuge was established in 1991, to protect the Loggerhead and Green sea turtles.

Management

Since 2012 the Archie Carr NWR is administered as part of the Everglades Headwaters NWR Complex, along with Pelican Island NWR, Lake Wales Ridge NWR, and the Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area, [1] through a partnership with the Caribbean Conservation Corporation (a nonprofit turtle conservation group founded by Dr. Archie Carr himself) and Archie Carr Working Group.

Habitat

The refuge provides nesting habitats for approximately one-fourth of all sea turtles nesting in the United States. About 15,000-20,000 sea turtles nests are laid annually, mostly loggerheads, green sea turtles, and some leatherbacks. The refuge also provides habitat for several other threatened and endangered species.

Three centers within the sanctuary are run by Brevard County under the aegis of the restrictions established by the federal government. [2]

Conservation Efforts

Archie Carr NWR is threatened by sea level rise. Scientists and researchers are studying the impacts of SLR on this unique ecosystem.

Notes

  1. ^ [1]- 2017-12-25
  2. ^ "Brevard County Parks and Recreation EEL Program Sanctuaries". Eelbrevard.com. Retrieved 2012-04-17.

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