Established in 1951 as a breeding ground for colonial bird species, these important refuge islands located in Pinellas County provide densely vegetated mangrove habitat and act as a critical safe haven for local and migratory birds. The Pinellas National Wildlife Refuge islands are Listen Key, Mule Key, Jackass Key, Little Bird Key, Indian Key, Tarpon Key, and Whale Key. 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 to the public year round. Please, no landing!