Tibet-Butler Preserve

Along the southwest shore of Lake Tibet-Butler in Orange County, over four miles of trails and elevated boardwalks radiate out from the Vera Carter Environmental Center. The Bay and cypress swamps, freshwater marshes, scrub and pine flatwoods host diverse wildlife.

Watchable wildlife:
Check in at the visitor center for a schedule of special programs and naturalist-led hikes. The Tarflower Loop Trail navigates the scrub community, home to gopher tortoises, indigo snakes and other burrow residents. Two boardwalks traverse wetlands where herons and egrets, pileated, downy and red-bellied woodpeckers, yellow-rumped warblers and kingfishers are commonly spotted.  The 1.0-mile Fallen Log Crossing Trail is a good place to spot swallow-tailed kites (spring and summer), red-tailed hawks, ospreys and the bald eagles that regularly nest on the preserve. Stop at the bird feeders at the visitor center and check for blue jays, cardinals, tufted titmice and other common songbirds.

South Florida Water Management District

(407) 876-6696

Take Exit 68 (Lake Buena Vista) off of I-4 West. Head north about 5 miles on C.R. 535 (Winter Garden-Vineland Road). Entrance to the preserve is on the east (right) side of the road.

Related Sites:
Other Central Florida Wildlife Sites
Florida State Parks

FWC Facts:
Whooping cranes mate for life, but they will take a new mate after the loss of the original. The pair will return to use and defend the same nesting and wintering territory year after year.

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