Anne Kolb Nature Center at West Lake Park

An exhibit hall with a multi-level aquarium, walking trails, a bike trail and an observation tower help introduce visitors to this 1500-acre mangrove wetland and ongoing efforts to remove nonnative vegetation and restore native plant communities.

Watchable Wildlife:
Invertebrates such as fiddler crabs, mangrove crabs and snapping shrimp are visible or audible in the mangroves. Take the Mud Flat Trail or Observation Trail for good views of this habitat. White ibis, great blue heron, yellow-crowned night herons, roseate spoonbills, ospreys and kingfishers hunt the shallow waters of West Lake. Wilson's plovers and spotted sandpipers probe the mudflats. Mullet, snook and mangrove snapper are common in the lake. The South Trail provides good views of the mangrove restoration areas. Visitors can rent canoes and kayaks and follow well-marked canoe trails or opt for a 40-minute narrated boat tour.

Broward County Parks and Recreation Division.

(954) 926-2410

From I-95 head east on Sheridan Street past Federal Highway. West Lake Park's entrance will be on the south (right) side; the Anne Kolb Nature Center is a half-mile east of West Lake's entrance on the north (left) side.

Related Sites:
Other South East Florida Wildlife Sites
Florida State Parks

FWC Facts:
Whooping cranes, the tallest of North American birds, stand nearly 5 feet tall. Their wingspan measures between 7 and 8 feet.

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