Turkey Creek Sanctuary

This tiny, 73-acre preserve is located in the heart of Palm Bay and protects a variety of habitats along Turkey Creek, which trickles into Indian River. Hardwood hammock, sand pine scrub, and wet hardwood forest are the main natural communities. There are boardwalks and a new nature center.

Watchable wildlife:
This is a good place to view alligators, fish, and an occasional river otter or manatee. Gopher tortoises and endangered indigo snakes have made their homes in the sandy soil of the sand pine scrub. Rufous-sided towhees, blue jays, cardinals, pileated woodpeckers, raccoons, and gray squirrels are year-round residents.

City of Palm Bay, Florida Audubon Society, and Brevard County

(321) 676-6690

From Palm Bay, take Interstate 95 to Palm Bay Road (exit 70A).  Drive east to Babcock Street, go south to Port Malabar Road.  Drive east one mile to the turn for Turkey Creek Sanctuary and the Palm Bay Library.

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

FWC Facts:
Breeding season for Florida black bears is summer, with the peak occurring from about mid-June through July.

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