This trail site is a special place where visitors can appreciate biodiversity and learn more about its importance. For instance, the forest has two of the last remaining fresh water ponds in the Keys and is a major migratory stopping point for north-and-southbound birds. This “one of a kind” US tropical forest and garden is filled with butterflies, birds, plants and beautiful flowers. Pick up a Garden Guide that describes the 8 self-guided information tours, two wetland habitats and two butterfly gardens; ask about earning your Wings Over Florida butterfly certificate. This property is also a magnet for Florida specialties such as Short-tailed Hawk, White-crowned Pigeon and Black-whiskered Vireo. In winter and migration, check the large trees at the entrance for Western Kingbirds and Scissor-tailed Flycatchers. Ask about recent sightings of rarities; Bahama Mockingbird, Yellow-green Vireo, MacGillivray’s Warbler, and Western Spindalis have been spotted in past years. Special birders’ hours are offered in April and several family friendly events are offered during the calendar year; please call ahead for more details.