There are many levee roads and trails for wildlife observation in
this restoration site centered around nine miles of channel and
surrounding wetlands of the upper Oklawaha River.
Wading birds, including glossy and white ibis, little blue and
tricolored herons, and great and snowy egrets, congregate here in
large numbers; a recent evening count tallied more than 3,000
individuals. Anhingas nest here in the spring, and least bitterns,
black-necked stilts, and purple gallinules nest in the summer.
Several species of ducks winter here, including ring-necked ducks,
wood ducks, green-winged teal, blue-winged teal, buffleheads,
northern shovelers, hooded mergansers, and northern pintails. The
Oklawaha River basin is the winter home of more than 10,000
sandhill cranes, many of which are seen flying over Sunnyhill.
Other animals you may see include black bear, river otter, and
St. Johns Water Management District
Take County Road 42 from Weirsdale for 5.9 miles east. The
entrance is on the left (north) side of the road.
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