Paul Kroegal, Environmentalist (1864–1948) Born in Germany, Paul Kroegal came to the United States in the 1870s. He became a boat builder, raised citrus and bees, and was later a county commissioner. During the “feather wars,” he kept watch (with a shotgun) over the birds of Pelican Island, and he was able to gain national attention for this tiny island. In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt signed an Executive Order making Pelican Island the first National Bird Reservation (Refuge) and appointed Kroegel the first National Wildlife Warden. FLOR500, Garden 331
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Paul Kroegal, Environmentalist

(1864–1948)

Born in Germany, Paul Kroegal came to the United States in the 1870s. He became a boat builder, raised citrus and bees, and was later a county commissioner. During the "feather wars,” he kept watch (with a shotgun) over the birds of Pelican Island, and he was able to gain national attention for this tiny island. In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt signed an Executive Order making Pelican Island the first National Bird Reservation (Refuge) and appointed Kroegel the first National Wildlife Warden.  




 




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