Alafia Banks CWA
Total Area: 92 acres
Closure Dates: Year-round
Focal Species: Herons, egrets, ibis, roseate spoonbill, brown pelican, American oystercatcher.
This CWA includes two islands, known locally as Bird Island and Sunken Island. Located in Hillsborough Bay at the mouth of the Alafia River, this CWA is part of the Richard T. Paul Alafia Banks Sanctuary, managed by Audubon Florida.
Alafia Banks CWA hosts thousands of birds during the nesting season and throughout the winter. Both islands and the surrounding water buffer are closed to public access year-round.
Financial support for Alafia Banks Critical Wildlife Area in-water markers was provided by the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida, Inc. through the Conserve Wildlife Tag grant program.