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Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
Tel: (305) 734-8303
The main entrance to Loxahatchee is off U.S. 441, west of Boynton Beach. This refuge contains the largest remaining tract of northern Everglades habitat. Unlike the more open southern Everglades, this refuge contains thousands of small tree islands formed on floating peat mats. The refuge is downstream from one of Florida’s most intensively farmed areas, and agricultural runoff has caused many problems. Despite this, birding at Loxahatchee is often excellent, especially in the winter.
Wintering waterfowl, especially Blue-winged Teal, Ring-necked ducks, Wood Ducks and Fulvous Whistling Ducks concentrate here. You may also see Snail Kites, Black-necked Stilts, Spotted Sandpipers, Anhinga, Limpkins, and ibis. Much of the refuge is off limits to the public, but there is a good section near the visitor center that is accessible by car. Paths are laid out in a grid-like pattern, alternating with canals. Check with the Visitor center first for helpful information. You can find directions to the refuge and a map from the visitor information section at the web site below.
More information on their web site
Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge web site
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