Top to bottom: the smallest of the heron species, the green heron often hides among the dense wetland vegetation, but can often be heard cackling when disturbed; with bright red legs and bill during the breeding season, a white ibis walks through the water picking up aquatic insects, frogs and small fish; common within ponds, water lilies share their affinity for sun alongside the American alligator.
Refuge Hours The trails are opened during daylight hours only. Contact the Refuge for current trail conditions.
Wildlife Observation Nature observation and photography are encouraged. Late winter and spring are excellent times to look for the wide variety of wildflowers along the trails. In the early morning and late afternoon hikers may see deer foraging in the wet prairie. A lucky observer may catch a glimpse of a bear. Watch the ground for bobcat, bear and deer tracks and the sky for red-shoulder hawks.