Green Cay Nature Center and Wetlands will be closed to the public during construction of a new nature center roof. Construction is anticipated to start in later September and is estimated to take 4 to 6 months to complete. For more information, please visit their website.
Offering more than a mile of boardwalk across open water, vegetated wetlands and mudflats, this created wetland is just as spectacular as Wakodahatchee, only bigger! If you own a camera, make sure you bring it as even amateur snappers can get great pictures here! Many of Florida’s wetland specialties can be found at Green Cay; walk the boardwalk slowly keeping an eye out for Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks, Roseate Spoonbills, Least Bitterns, Wood Storks, Yellow-crowned and Black-crowned Night-Herons, Blue-winged and Green-winged Teal, Purple Gallinule and Limpkin. In winter, American Bitterns can be seen much more easily than anywhere else in the state, other than Wakodahatchee of course! Wintering Painted Buntings can be found at the feeding station by the nature center, and be sure to check the Cypress Forest for migratory songbirds. There is a mated pair of Red-shouldered Hawks frequently seen flying around. Ospreys are enjoying the large snags. From January through May, you may get lucky enough to see Eastern Screech-Owls (male and female mated pair) that return every year. About 170 different bird species have been spotted on our property. In 2015, a La Sagra’s Flycatcher wintered here! This family friendly site is a must visit. The nature center coordinates guided walks and classes, and interprets the surrounding wetlands for visitors. Call ahead for more information. Loaner optics are available.