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Water, Wings, and Wild Things
February 25 @ 6:30 am - 9:30 am$0.00
Type: Outdoor Photo Workshop
The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn: The Circle B Bar Reserve is a former cattle ranch that today boasts a wide variety of plants and animals. You can see several distinct ecosystems in this reserve of only 1,267 acres. You’re almost guaranteed to see alligators in Lake Hancock, often considered the headwaters of the Peace River, which flows more than 100 miles from Polk County southwest to the Gulf of Mexico.
Circle B Bar Reserve has 3 Main Habitats: Oak Hammock, Freshwater Wetlands, and Banana Creek Marsh. The ongoing restoration in the Banana Creek Marsh has provided foraging and breeding areas for a number of species never recorded on the site before. In 2008, the Reserve was added to the Great Florida Birding Trail. Be on the lookout for alligators, eagles, osprey, red shouldered hawks, wild turkey, barred owls, wood storks, white ibis, sandhill cranes, moorhens, pied-billed grebes, black-necked stilts, red-bellied woodpeckers, bobwhite quails, eastern meadowlarks, savannah sparrows, American kestrels, great blue herons, American white pelicans, sandpipers, spoonbills, great egrets, ducks and other waterfowl and wading birds. You might also see otters, bobcats, grey fox, armadillos, squirrels (gray and fox varieties), frogs, turtles, black racer snakes, five-lined racerunner lizards and other reptiles. Many migratory birds can be found here in the winter months.
Activity Level: You will be traveling on a toll road, be sure to have cash or a SunPass available, carpooling recommended. Moderate, you will be hiking up to 2 miles on flat ground. All paths are well maintained, flat, and either paved or packed dirt, so they are very easy to walk on.
Things to Know: Because the trails are easy to navigate, many visitors with large lenses or heavy gear use small carts or the jogging style baby strollers to carry their gear.
What to Bring: Mid to Long range lenses (150mm and up). sunscreen and bug repellent are also recommended. Wear comfortable walking shoes you don’t mind getting sandy or wet.