Located in coastal northwest Bradenton, the preserve stretches from Lower Tampa Bay over to Palma Sola Bay. Numerous wading birds, shore birds, and migratory songbirds are routinely observed at the site. Watch for Wood Storks, White Pelicans, Roseate Spoonbills, Clapper Rails, Southeastern American Kestrels, Great Horned Owls, Bald Eagles, Ospreys, Double-crested Cormorants and a variety of ducks, herons, egrets, sandpipers, plovers, gulls and terns. Find them while exploring over 13 miles of pedestrian and multi-use trails, several boardwalks and water overlooks and a 40-foot observation tower offering panoramic views of lower Tampa Bay, Anna Maria Island Egmont Key and more. Habitats represented include extensive mangrove swamps, high marsh, salt tern, coastal grasslands and developing hammocks. Two kayak launches provide access to extensive sheltered bayous with paddle access to Tampa Bay and Palma Sola Bay. The preserve is open nearly 365 days a year, closed only for high winds and a handful of special events.