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Go birding all year long

September 12, 2014

Ep 140319857 150x150 Bird watching is one of America’s most popular pastimes. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, more than 47 million Americans are bird-watchers, and more than 3 million of them are Floridians. While backyard birding in places such as Old Palm’s lakes and natural preserves is the most common form of bird watching, there are plenty of other ideal venues throughout Palm Beach County. So where do the county’s more avid bird watchers flock? Here are some of the top spots according to the Tropical Audubon Society: • Wellington Environmental Preserve While walking the 2.5-mile trail and boardwalk, you may spot limpkins, wood storks and even bald eagles. The views are also excellent from the six-story observation tower. 3491 Flying Cow Ranch Rd., Wellington, FL • Okeeheelee Nature Center Spectacularly colored painted buntings will be arriving shortly, but in the meantime you may see wood ducks and sandhill cranes in the surrounding wetlands. 7715 Forest Hill Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL • Juno Dunes Natural Area Here, it’s all about the Florida scrub-jay, the only species of bird endemic to Florida. The birds are so prevalent they are usually seen on the telephone wires on the approach to the natural area. 1405 U.S. 1, Juno Beach, FL • Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge The variety of birds is inspiring and includes roseate spoonbills, snail kites, purple gallinules and fulvous whistling ducks. 10216 Lee Rd., Boynton Beach, FL

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