Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

Description:
A portion of the northern Everglades is preserved on this refuge. The Marsh trail takes visitors along dikes surrounding impoundments where water levels are manipulated seasonally to benefit wildlife. A boardwalk by the visitor center traverses a cypress swamp. For more adventurous souls, launch a canoe and paddle along a canoe trail that takes you into the refuge's marshy interior.

Watchable wildlife:
Fall through spring offers the best birding at this refuge. A bird's eye view can be obtained by climbing into the observation tower on the Marsh Trail. Herons, egrets, ibis, limpkins, anhingas, purple gallinules, vultures, and red-shouldered hawks are common. Winter brings seasonal residents such as the northern harrier and several species of ducks, including blue-winged teal, green-winged teal, fulvous whistling ducks, and ring-necked ducks.

Ownership:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Contact:
(561) 734-8303

Directions:
Take Interstate 95's exit 50 in West Palm Beach, travel 7 miles west on U.S. Highway 98 (Southern Boulevard).  Turn south onto U.S. Highway 441 and drive 13 miles.  The entrance is on the west side of the road.

Related Sites:
Other Southeast Florida Wildlife Sites
Florida State Parks



FWC Facts:
Barn owls in Florida breed from March through July and nest in secluded places like caves, barns, tree cavities and large birdhouses. They build no actual nest.

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