Rotary Park at Merritt Island

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One of three Rotary Parks on the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail, this site is an ideal spot to see migratory songbirds in spring and fall. The park has an elevated boardwalk through a hardwood hammock, where visitors may encounter Gray-cheeked Thrush, White-eyed Vireo, Northern Parula, Yellow-throated Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler and Indigo Bunting. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Gray Catbird, Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Orange-crowned Warbler spend the winter here. Check the small wetland, which may have Blue-winged Teal, Wood Stork, Tricolored Heron, Osprey and Sandhill Crane. The on-site Rotary Park Nature Center resembles a Florida Cracker-style schoolhouse and is open by appointment for groups. The center has many educational displays, hands-on activities, exhibits, programs and children’s classes. Tailor-made programs for youth and adult groups can be scheduled.

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