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North America's New Birding TrailsAdapted from an article by Mel White
BWD's first article on birding trails in September 2001 listed 19 birding trails in the United States and Canada. Since then, at least that number of new trails has created or is being established, and there have been numerous links added to existing trails. The current pace of birding-trail births is quite rapid, and we have compiled this list of all the trails that were not on that original list. Check out a brief history of birding trails in the U.S., information on specific flyways, and find contact information on each trail.
Great Florida Birding Trail
In 2001, one segment of the proposed four-part Great Florida Birding Trail had been completed: the East Section, which includes such excellent destinations as Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, the Disney Wilderness Preserve, and Highlands Hammock and Kissimmee Prairie Preserve state parks. Since then, two more parts of the trail have opened.
The West Section was dedicated in 2002, covering 117 sites in 18 "clusters" from the Georgia state line south to Tampa Bay and Bradenton. In the north, you'll find Mississippi kite, wild turkey, red-cockaded woodpecker, brown-headed nuthatch, pine warbler, and Bachman's sparrow at Osceola National Forest. Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, near Gainesville, is known for its impressive wintering flocks of sandhill crane, along with nesting least bittern, purple gallinule, and king rail, and various wintering wrens and sparrows. Lower Suwannee NWR provides access to bald cypress swamps and bottomland hardwoods, good for everything from anhinga and swallow-tailed kite to barred owl and northern parula. The causeway to Honeymoon Island State Park hosts good numbers of waders and shorebirds throughout the year, and the island itself is home to nesting osprey, snowy ...
Author: Bird Watcher's Digest
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