Wakodahatchee Wetlands – the name Wakodahatchee comes from a Seminole Indian word which translates to “created waters”.
The Wakodahatchee site is part of Florida’s Southern Region Water Reclamation Facility. Its approximately 50 acres of reclaimed freshwater wetland that has been turned into habitat wildlife.
The site consists of a three-quarter mile, elevated, handicap-friendly boardwalk that crosses the water, with islands and snags providing ideal nesting and roosting sites.
These wetlands provide an amazing wildlife habitat and homes for a large number of different species of birds, plus alligators, turtles and other critters found in a wetland ecosystem. Although it seems that there’s always something to see by far the best time to visit is from mid-January to April when the birds are nest building.
During our recent visit we had great views of Wood Storks preparing their nest sites. Along with a number of Egrets (both Greater and Snowy), Blue Herons, White and Glossy Ibis.
The center is free of charge to visit and parking is limited. The boardwalk is also very popular with walkers which can cause problems for photographers.
As a tip go early before the sun gets too hot, the visitor arrive and the wildlife becomes less active.