Bivens Arm Nature Park

Description:
This is a small urban park close to the rim of Paynes Prairie that features a freshwater marsh and mature live oak hammock. There is a 1,200-foot boardwalk trail that encircles the marsh and a hammock trail.

Watchable wildlife:
Wading birds, including great blue herons, little blue herons, great egrets, cattle egrets, and snowy egrets, use the marsh throughout the year. The marsh also attracts common moorhens, purple gallinules, aquatic turtles, and snakes. You may hear barred and great horned owls on the hammock trail or in the picnic area, or see hermit thrushes, American redstarts, and other migratory songbirds in April and October.

Ownership:
City of Gainesville

Contact:
(352) 334-2231

Directions:
South of Gainesville, take exit 74 from Interstate 75.  Turn east onto Florida Highway 331 (Williston Road) and drive 2.5 miles to Main Street. Park entrance is 0.25 mile on the left (west) side of road.

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



FWC Facts:
Whooping cranes mate for life, but they will take a new mate after the loss of the original. The pair will return to use and defend the same nesting and wintering territory year after year.

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