Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center: Alligator Creek Site

Description:
Located on 3,000 acres of pine flatwoods, cabbage palm and oak hammock, freshwater and saltwater marsh, and mangrove swamp, this center features hiking trails, a visitor center, and a museum annex with a touch tank, mounts of local birds, and fossils. There is a photographer's blind.

Watchable wildlife:
From December through April, bald eagles nest in the park. Gopher tortoises inhabit the flatwoods, as do snakes, including the rare eastern indigo snake. Woodpeckers are abundant year-round, and  migratory warblers flit through the oak hammock in the spring. Bobcats prowl in the early morning hours. Herons and egrets fish in the marshes.

Ownership:
Department of Environmental Protection; managed by Charolotte Harbor Environmental Center, Inc.

Contact:
(941) 575-5435

Directions:
From Punta Gorda, take U.S. Highway 41 southeast, then turn south on Burnt Store Road (Florida Highway 765).  The entrance is 1 mile ahead, on the west side of the road.

Related Sites:
Other Southwest Florida Wildlife Sites
Florida State Parks



FWC Facts:
Over 200 species of birds migrate between their breeding grounds in the United States and Canada and their wintering areas in Mexico, Central and South America or the Caribbean.

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