Manatee Observation and Education Center

Description:
A visitor center, butterfly garden, observation platform and covered walkway overlook the brackish water of Moore's Creek near its confluence with the Indian River Lagoon. The center is open October - June.  During the winder months, the manatees are attracted to the warmer water outflow from the Fort Pierce Utilities Authority generating plant.

Watchable Wildlife:
As many as 30 manatees have been spotted here at one time during very cold weather. In general, the first few days following cold fronts offer the best manatee viewing. Mullet, tarpon, and other fish are often seen, as well as bottlenose dolphins playing at the mouth of the short creek. Brown pelicans, gulls and terns loaf nearby.  Colorful plantings attract a variety of butterflies.

Ownership:
City of Fort Pierce.

Contact:
(772) 466-1600 ext. 3333 or 3071

Directions:
From I-95 (exit 65) or the Turnpike (exit 152), go east on Okeechobee Road to Virginia Avenue. Travel east to U.S. 1 and turn north (left). Turn right onto Orange Avenue, cross over the railroad track and turn left onto Indian River Drive. Head north, go through the roundabout and watch for The Manatee Center on the right.

Related Sites:
Other East Central Florida Wildlife Sites
Florida State Parks



FWC Facts:
When the weather is very cold, a group of bluebirds, and several other bird species, will occasionally roost together in a nest cavity for warmth.

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