Established in 1951 as a breeding ground for colonial bird species. The islands provide densely vegetated mangrove habitat and include Indian, Tarpon, Mule and Jackass Keys.
Tarpon Key once hosted the largest Brown Pelican rookery in the state of Florida.
To protect the abundant seagrass beds, motor boats are not permitted on the surrounding flats. Due to their critical importance, the islands are closed year round.
Learn more at the US Fish & Wildlife Service website: https://www.fws.gov/chassahowitzka/pinellas/