Morningside Nature Center

This preserve contains 278 acres of longleaf pine and turkey oak, with seven miles of nature trails and a boardwalk through a cypress dome. There are excellent seasonal wildflower displays.

Watchable wildlife:
Sandhill species predominate at Morningside, including gopher tortoise, fox squirrel, pocket gophers, and rufous-sided towhees. Bachman's sparrow, pine warbler, eastern bluebird, brown-headed nuthatch, American kestrel, and wild turkey frequent the flatwoods. Spring and summer bring great crested flycatchers, prothonotary warblers, and pileated woodpeckers to the cypress dome.

City of Gainesville

(352) 334-2170

From Gainesville, take U.S. Highway 441 to East University Avenue, then travel east for 3.5 miles on East University Avenue.  The sanctuary is on the north side of the road.

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

FWC Facts:
The song of the wood thrush is so beautiful it inspired Handel to write a piece of music in the bird's honor. This songbird sings a loud, flute-like song, ending in a trill.

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