We went in early December, which is not prime migratory season, but we still saw avocets, stilts, ibis, egrets, herons, roseate spoonbills, ducks and many more. The good part about early December was no bugs. As we only had one day for this wonderful refuge, we chose to do the 7 mile Black Point Wildlife Drive - many places to pull over and walk or just take the binoculars to the wading birds. This was more than worth the $5 honor system fee at the entrance. All the many other walking trails were free. The visitor center was also worth visiting and had a good short walk behind it. Much of this refuge is handicap accessible. Wish we had time for a longer visit. One tip - the manatee viewing area will not be worth the trip if the water temperature is below 68.
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