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Cedar Key, FL: Birdwatching is Spectacular!

Whether you watch the birds from Tranquility's balcony, Serenity's Balcony, or you head out to the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge in a boat or sea kayak, you will be amazed at the number of bird species you'll see in Cedar Key Florida. You will definitely add to your life list in Cedar Key!

The Cedar Keys are in the heart of Florida's Nature Coast. Wildlife viewing is something that pretty much happens whether you go looking or not. Just up the road from Cedar Key is Chiefland, next door to Manatee Springs, another excellent park for viewing birds and manatees. The Suwannee River is just north of Cedar Key and is a terrific day trip for canoeing/kayaking.

Cedar Keys NWR has been nomainated for one of Florida's Special Places through the Audubon of Florida organization. Check it out!

Great White Egret
Great White Egrets are common year round.   

Cedar Key FLA - Great Florida Birding Trail

Cedar Key City Park, Marina & Fishing Pier
Some good spots right along Dock Street, the town beach, and the Cedar Key Fishing Pier
Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve
A short drive out of town to the Scrub Park on Florida Rt. 24. Freshwater swamp, marsh, wetlands, and scrub habitats.

Cedar Keys Wildlife Refuge and Park

GORP Guide to Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge
Cedar Keys NWR was established in 1929. Three of the islands are designated as breeding grounds for birds including: herons, egrets, brown pelicans, and ibises. Sea Horse Key, in particular, is off-limits to people during breeding season (approximately March through June), but the birds are very visible on other islands and in the town of Cedar Key.
Official Site: Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge
Statistics, town, brochure of the refuge, wildlife list, and information about other area wildlife refuges.
Manatee Springs State Park
Manatee Springs is a 1/2 hour drive north and east of Cedar Key, FL. Situated on the Suwannee River, the park is a terrific day trip. There's an excellent boardwalk through a cypress swamp out to the Suwannee River where the dock offers excellent views of the river and often manatees swimming. Along the banks of the river are trees that are home to the largest collection of vultures we've ever seen. These birds are fascinating to watch. Canoe rentals available. Diving in the incredibly blue springs is a favorite for scuba divers. The park also has walking trails, a children's play area, and a swimming beach. This is a terrific trip!
Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve
Twelve miles of marked walking trails located off of Florida 24 just outside of Cedar Key. This is a nice trail for folks interested in the area flora and fauna. It's not a trail really suitable for kids or visitors looking to be "awed" or entertained. Quiet, sandy, and extremely hot in summer.
Birds of Cedar Key - PDF!
This is an Adobe Acrobat file that we assembled for guests staying in our Vacation Rental Condo: Tranquility and our other VR Condo: Serenity who were wondering what kind of birds they were seeing from the balcony.
Our personal review of the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge
Written in 2003, this review has been reprinted around the net and offers a personal view of the Cedar Keys NWR.

"On the Nature Trail" Birding Articles in Cedar Key News

The Misunderstood Vulture
published 9/02/03
Roseate Spoonbills
published 8/09/03

More Birding Links!
Excellent resource for birding around the world - reviews, lodging, discussion, etc.
Cornell's Birding Info
Everything you have always wanted to know about birds.
Our resident Osprey.     

Yellow Crowned Night Heron
Yellow Crowned Night Herons live along shore.     

Dowitcher feeding along beach
Dowitcher feeding on the beach.   

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