Big Bend Wildlife Management Area - Hagen's Cove

Description:
This recreation area provides panoramic views of the pine  islands, unique natural beaches, and shallow bays of the Gulf of Mexico. Low tide exposes expanses of mud flats that host large numbers of shorebirds and wading birds. An observation tower offers great views of the surrounding area.

Watchable wildlife:
Shorebirds and wading birds remain at Hagen's Cove year-round, but their numbers and diversity are bolstered during fall and spring migration. Common birds include plovers, sandpipers, marbled godwit, willet, dunlin, short-billed dowitcher, and whimbrel. Reddish egrets sometimes linger during late summer and fall. Osprey and brown pelicans fish the surrounding waters throughout the year. Many different waterfowl species overwinter.


Ownership:
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Contact:
(850) 838-1306 or (386) 758-0525

Directions:
From Perry, travel about 4.5 miles south on Florida Highway 27A.  Turn right on County Road 361 and drive 22 miles to Hagen's Cove Road.  Turn right, parking area is 1.5 miles ahead.

Related Sites:
Other North West Florida Wildlife Sites
Florida State Parks



FWC Facts:
Wood stork nestlings are fully feathered and capable of short flights at about 7-8 weeks of age but are not independent of their parents until they are 9-10 weeks old.

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