Birding in this privately owned area yields good looks at more than 16 species of falcons, hawks and other raptors that migrate through the Florida Keys on their way to southern wintering grounds.

Watchable Wildlife:
Boot Key is under private ownership, so visitors must pull over and bird from the roadside. Binoculars and a spotting scope will help. Beginning in late August and September, watch for early migrants such as swallow-tailed kites, ospreys and Mississippi kites. Migration continues into early November, but sightings of broad-winged, Swainson's and sharp-shinned hawks, American kestrels, and peregrine falcons are more concentrated in the first week of October. Keep an eye out for migrating songbirds in the spring and fall, and for mangrove cuckoos and other Keys specialties.


Travel south on U.S. 1 through Marathon and look for C.R. 931 near mile marker 48. Turn left and pull over to check the cellular phone tower for resting bald eagles and peregrine falcons. The next mile offers very productive birding.

Related Sites:
Other Southeast Florida Wildlife Sites
Florida State Parks

FWC Facts:
According to the National Survey of Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife-Associated Recreation, 66.1 million people engage in wildlife observation, spending about $38.5 billion per year.

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