Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area
February 2, 2022 @ 6:15 am - 11:30 am$45.00
Meet at site, 3365 Taylor Creek Road, Christmas FL 32709. There are composting toilets at the entrance but not out on the roads and trails. This will be a car trip with stops along the way where attendees can get out and walk for short distances. Entrance fee is $3 per car.
The Tosohatchee marshes are feeding areas for wading birds and, during winter months, host large numbers of migrating waterfowl. Forested uplands support deer, bobcats, gray foxes, wild turkeys, woodpeckers, hawks, owls, and songbirds. Some of the threatened and endangered species found at the reserve include Bald Eagle, Wood Stork, Eastern Indigo Snake, Gopher Tortoise, and, on rare occasions, the Florida Panther. Birds of interest include Bachman’s Sparrow, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Eastern Bluebird, Red-headed Woodpecker, and Florida Sandhill Crane. Shaped by alternating cycles of fire and flood, Tosohatchee WMA is a mosaic of marshes, swamps, pine flatwoods and oak hammocks that borders 19 miles of the St Johns River. Deep inside the reserve, Jim Creek flows through some of the last remaining virgin cypress swamps in Florida.