Pelican Ride 2013 - March 2nd to 15th 2013
Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge (PINWR) - On March 14, 1903, without fanfare, President Roosevelt signed an executive order establishing Pelican Island as the first federal bird reservation. He would establish a network of 55 bird reservations and national game preserves for wildlife - the forerunner to the national wildlife refuge system. But Pelican Island was the first time that the federal government set aside land for the sake of wildlife.
This Awareness Ride has been created to celebrate the history of Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge (PINWR) and the National Wildlife Refuge System. PINWR is Celebrating 110 years and we want to spread the word about this occasion and the importance of the Wildlife Refuge System.
The ride will take 14 days- the same number of days it took for the idea of a bird sanctuary to go through the government channels to land on President Roosevelt’s desk and become our First Refuge.