Chinsegut Wildlife and Environmental Area

Description:
Two separate tracts feature a nature center, boardwalk, and miles of trails through habitats that include sandhills, freshwater marshes and prairies, hardwood hammocks and the second-largest contiguous tract of old growth longleaf pine in Florida.

Watchable Wildlife:
Gopher tortoises inhabit the sandhills areas, while bull frogs, pig frogs, gopher frogs, barking tree frogs, dwarf sirens and tiger salamanders find refuge in the shallow waters of May's Prairie. A variety of herons, egrets, ibises and wood ducks are found year-round on the prairie, and ring-necked ducks, lesser scaups and hooded mergansers are reliable winter visitors. More than seven species of snakes reside here, as well as, pileated and red-headed woodpeckers, warblers (black and white, yellow-throated, pine and palm), hermit thrushes and summer tanagers. Toad species include oak, southern, eastern narrowmouth and spadefoot.

Ownership:
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Contact:
(352) 754-6722

Directions:
Chinsegut Nature Center is located seven miles north of Brooksville on U.S. 41, then one mile west on S.R. 476.

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



FWC Facts:
Burrowing owls live as single breeding pairs or in loose colonies consisting of two or more families. Unlike most owls, burrowing owls are active during both day and night.

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