Sunday, August 11 2019

Wakodahatchee Wetlands

Wakodahatchee Wetlands has an elevated boardwalk that goes through a wetlands reclamation area used by Palm Beach County to filter treated wastewater. Over 151 species of birds have been spotted within the park that's also home to turtles, alligators, rabbits, frogs, and raccoons. This manmade wetland naturally purifies highly treated water from the southern region water reclamation facility, recharges the area’s groundwater resources and provides a natural habitat for wildlife.

The boardwalk takes visitors through stages of marsh, from bulrush in the shallows to deeper water with alligator flag. A 1/4 mile trail leads to a 1/2 mile loop through the marsh. It's an opportunity to get close proximity to wading birds. The boardwalk has interpretive signage as well as gazebos with benches along the way. This site is part of the South section of the Great Florida Birding Trail and offers many opportunities to observe birds in their natural habitats.

Spring and Fall are the migration season for Florida wetland birds providing a vast collection of nesting birds. When I was there numerous eggs has hatched and were in various stages of development. I've included a couple photos of Wood Storks and Great Blue Herons caring for their young.

Monday, August 5 2019

CREW Bird Rookery Swamp

The Bird Rookery Swamp Trail is one of the places I visit regularly that's adjacent to Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. It has 12 miles trails that include an 1,800-foot boardwalk that's all that's accessible as I write this. Everything after the boardwalk is closed for protection of wildlife. I'm not sure what that entails but I hope it re-opens before too long.

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Sunday, August 4 2019

Janes Scenic Road

Janes Scenic Road was once a railroad bed for logging the Fakahatchee’s old-growth Cypress trees in the 1940s. Today, this unimproved narrow dirt road gives visitors access to a portion of Florida’s remaining subtropical wilderness in Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve. The Drive starts at the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park’s ranger station and terminates 11 miles later at the boundary with Picayune Strand State Forest where it now ends.

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