The sanctuary is an incredible natural attraction. It features a 2.25 mile boardwalk that takes one through four habitats:
pine upland, wet prairie, cypress forest and a marshland. We had great opportunities to view wildlife. Here is a red shouldered hawk keeping a watchful eye on us.
We could not have asked for a more beautiful day, sunny with a light breeze and 77ºF.
The sanctuary features an old growth cypress forest, one of the few remaining in the country. Some of the trees are estimated to be over 500 years old.
We stood and watched a black crowned night heron.
Even the lichens on the fence were pretty!
Paul and I hope to go back for another visit in March to view the sanctuary in the spring.
If you are ever in this part of Florida, make sure you put this place on your agenda. You won't be disappointed!
I need to get ready for our kayaking adventure this afternoon. Talk to you soon!