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Bountiful Birding at Palm Beach County Natural Areas
7 ERM Natural Areas Included in Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail
The Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail, a program of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, stretches 2,000 miles from Key West to Gulf Islands National Seashore. The trail includes nearly 500 sites throughout Florida selected for their excellent bird watching, wildlife viewing or educational opportunities. This self-guided highway trail is designed to help preserve and enhance Florida’s wildlife habitats by promoting birding and wildlife viewing activities and conservation education. Seven natural areas managed by the Department of Environmental Resources Management (ERM) are designated stops along the trail.
Juno Dunes: Explore a variety of habitats, including beach and dune, pine flatwoods and depression marsh. In the spring listen for male towhees as they patrol their territories and search for mates. In the winter watch black vultures and turkey
Frenchman’s Forest: The hardwood hammock forest attracts many species of warblers during the spring and fall migrations. Herons can be found among the mangroves. Other birds observed include great horned owl, pileated woodpecker, and gray catbird.
Sweetbay: Located adjacent to the North County Airport, the wetlands attract many wading birds, including snowy egret, black-crowned night heron, and the endangered wood stork. Visitors can also walk through a slash pine forest home to red-tailed hawks and red-bellied woodpeckers.
Delray Oaks: The large live oak trees growing along the walking trail are great places to look for blue-gray gnatcatchers and northern cardinals. The observation platform at the end of the trail is another good place to search for songbirds. An occasional hawk or falcon can be seen atop the tall slash pines on the natural area perimeter.
Use this link to access instructions for downloading ERM’s natural areas mobile map.
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