Birding

Wakulla County and the surrounding Big Bend Region abounds with birds and unique pristine places to view birds and nature in general.  We’re blessed with spring fed rivers like the St. Marks, Wakulla and nearby Wacissa.  Wakulla Springs State Park, where one of the world’s largest springs originates, even has their Jungle Cruise boats to get you right next to such beauties as the Purple Gallinule, Prothotary Warbler and Swallow-Tailed Kites.  By the time you’ve been down the river and walked the lovely grounds of the parks stately Inn, fifty species should easily be observed.  Nearly all our coast have been persevered to be Forever Green and provide you ample opportunities to view shore birds, long-legged waders and in the cooler winter months numerous waterfowl, especially in our St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, which covers and preserves fifty miles of our coastline!  At the refuges light house in Lighthouse Pool, especially during high tide, many of these waders are forced off the tidal mud flats (as the tide moves in) to roost in this pool; an excellent spot!

Other hot spots can be Mashes Sand Beach, Wakulla Beach, Bottoms Road and Dickerson Bay and nearby Bald Point State Park.  And, for the rare and endangered Red-cockaded woodpecker, check out our Ochlockonee State Park.  Don’t forget water bug repellent, rain gear and other necessities depending on the season.  Birding is best usually for smaller song birds early in the day, but for waterfowl and other water loving birds anytime can work.  Keep your binoculars clean and the sun to your back for good visibility!  Green Guides are available for those who need assistance.

By: George Weymouth

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