Florida Birding Trail site
Footpaths and boardwalks lead visitors around restored tidal
lagoons and mangrove shoreline. This site is part of a larger
program to restore portions of the mangrove shoreline that once
fringed much of Sarasota Bay.
At high tide, the tidal lagoons attract blue crabs, whelks, conchs,
ragged sea hares, and many fish. Low tide brings fiddler crabs and
many wading birds, including great white herons, little blue
herons, tricolored herons, black-crowned and yellow-crowned night
herons, snowy egrets, and glossy and white ibis. Magnificent
frigatebirds are common in the summer, and brown pelicans and
osprey can be seen year-round.
In Bradenton, take Interstate 75 to exit 42, drive west 13 miles on
Florida Highway 64 to Anna Maria Island. Drive south 3.5
miles on Gulf of Mexico Drive (Florida 789). The site
entrance is on the left (east) side of the road.
Central Florida Wildlife Sites