Field Trip: March 6, 2021 - Saturday
Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve - Levy County

Hernando Audubon Society
For reservations and details, please contact the trip leader:
Lucille - or 352-540-9746
Salt Pond is a tidal pond that contains a mix of salt and fresh water.     
Established 1959

Field Trip Guidelines
Fields trips are open to everyone interested in birding. Non-members are welcome.

To participate, contact the trip leader to make a reservation and to confirm time and meeting place.
We observe social distancing and masks are required.
The number of participants is limited so please reserve your spot.

The boarwalk that circles Salt Pond.
Red-belied Woodpecker cavities in Sabal Palms at the Preserve.
The observation tower

If coming from Hernando or Citrus Counties:

Follow U.S. 19/U.S. 98 north to C.R. 40 in Levy County. This intersection is shortly after crossing over the Withlacoochee River.
At the intersection of U.S. 19/U.S.98 and C.R. 40, take a left. At this point C.R. 40 is also named Follow That Dream Highway. Proceed for 3.3 miles. The entrance to the Preserve will be on your right, across from 65th Street.

Meet at 8 a.m. at the first parking area beyond the entrance to the park at 1001 Old Rock Road in Yankeetown (directions at right). We will follow a 0.5-mile boardwalk that circles Salt Pond, looking along the way for wading birds, woodpeckers, and hawks .

From the boardwalk we will proceed to the Education Center and then follow a short trail to a 30-foot observation tower. From the top deck of the tower there are great views of the tidal marshes that extend to the Gulf of Mexico. Bald Eagles are frequently seen soaring over the wetlands. From the tower, the trail leads to an oak hammock where we might see several species of songbirds.

After visiting the Preserve we can proceed to the Bird Creek Boat Ramp area. Attractions along the way might include Belted Kingfishers, Roseate Spoonbills and, hopefully, seen from the ramp, shorebirds and terns.

The Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve
is a 413-acre parcel of undeveloped wetlands. It consists of mixed hardwood, pine, and cabbage palm forest, tidal marshes, and several salt ponds. The Preserve is owned by the Town of Yankeetown and was purchased with a grant from the Florida Community Trust.

The salt marshes seen from the observation tower. Here grasslands are found on the border of salt water. The marshes are flooded at high tide. This is an area of incredible diversity that serves as a nursery for young fish and crustaceans.
All photos by Lucille Lane
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