W153. Micco Scrub Sanctuary
SiteID: E153 (new)
Nearest City: Micco
Phone Number: 321-255-4466
Website: W153. Micco Scrub Sanctuary
Features/Amenities: Birding by foot/hiking, Birding by bicycle, Best time of day: Both morning and evening, Recommended length of visit: a few hours, Horseback riding br>
Habitats: Freshwater Swamp, Freshwater Marsh/Wetlands, Pines, Scrub
The high-quality flatwoods and scrub at this sanctuary are home to Florida Scrub-Jays, Great Horned Owls, Hairy Woodpeckers and Gopher Tortoises. The 3-mile, red loop trail has the best birding (but little shade), while the 1.5-mile, white trail loop offers some shade and mostly pine-dependent species such as Brown-headed Nuthatches, Eastern Towhees and Bachman’s Sparrows. Depression marshes and bay swamps dot the eastern and northern portions of the sanctuary, providing feeding areas for ducks (Green-winged Teal, Northern Shovelers and Wood Ducks), as well as wading birds (Yellow-crowned Night-Herons, Wood Storks and Snowy Egrets). Be alert for birds of prey such as American Kestrels, Sharp-shinned Hawks and Northern Harriers. Look for Yellow-throated Warblers, Chuck-will’s-widows, and Indigo Buntings in summer, and Wild Turkeys year-round. A few Red-cockaded Woodpeckers have been detected feeding on the south side of the sanctuary, but nesting has not occurred. Seasonal migrants such as Louisiana Waterthrushes, Blackpoll Warblers and Painted Buntings have been known to drop by the small patches of oak hammock in spring and fall. Following heavy rains, portions of trails may flood at times (be prepared). The entrance kiosk has trail maps; trails are well-marked. Bring plenty of water and sun protection.
Directions: From I-95, take exit 173 at SR 514/Malabar Rd. and go east for 0.6 mi. Turn right (south) on SR 507/Babcock St. and go 8.6 mi. Next, turn left (east) on Micco Rd.; the entrance is 0.5 mi. ahead on the left (north) side. Alternate: from the intersection of US 1 and Micco Rd. in the town of Micco, drive west on Micco Rd. for 6.9 mi. The parking area is on the right (north) side.
Open 7 AM to 8 PM, May to September; 7 AM to 6 PM, October to April.
Location: 27.874131, -80.614229