If you are interested in wading birds or birding, this is a "must visit" location.
On a recent trip to the area I made two visits to the refuge - and would have stayed longer if time permitted. There were hundreds of adult and juvenile wood storks, tricolored herons, great egrets, snowy egrets, and white ibis along with many other good birds such as greater and lesser yellowlegs, common gallinules, night herons, green herons, sandpipers, etc. Beyond birds, there are lots of alligators, dragonflies, and spiders. During spring and summer, the area is a huge rookery. Viewing is very good with binoculars or a scope. Photography is better with long lenses.
Habitat is varied. The land was a 1940 era military airport and you still see extensive remains of old asphalt runways. There are a number of manmade ponds ranging from big ones like Woody Pond to small ones like Snipe Pond or Teal Pond. Each has its own habitat and unique residents. The ponds are all accessible with a short walk and several can be viewed from the car. Most ponds have earth dams that are raised and mowed for easy walking. Wide trails are adequately mowed and maintained.
For photographers, this is a must visit location with easy access. The number of birds is equal or greater to the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. The distances are greater and photography of nests is a challenge. That leads to nice environmental photos of birds and lots of birds in flight.
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