Florida Birding Trail site
This urban park offers three miles of trails and boardwalks that
wind through hardwood hammock, sand pine scrub, pine flatwoods,
willow marshes, and mangrove lake shore. There is a nature center
with four aquariums, an observation beehive, and display cases of
local animals and plants.
American alligators, frogs, turtles, American coots, and common
moorhens frequent the area surrounding the Willow Marsh Trail.
Above the mangroves adjoining Lake Maggiore, look for wood storks,
ospreys, bald eagles, and magnificent frigatebirds. Mottled ducks
and pied-billed grebes live on the lake year-round and are
accompanied by ring-necked ducks and scaup in the fall and winter.
The Scrub Island trail allows visitors to glimpse threatened
species such as the gopher tortoise and indigo snake, while the
Pine Flatwoods trail is home to fox squirrels, raccoons, opossums,
and a variety of birds.
City of St. Petersburg
From Interstate 275 in St. Petersburg, take exit 4 (54th Avenue
South). Travel east on 54th Avenue South to 9th Street. Take
a left and head north to Country Club Way South. The nature
center is on the right. Enter at Gate 2.
Central Florida Wildlife Sites