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A Mini Wildlife Journey in Florida

- Brianna Nema

With weather always at its best and famous beaches that blow refreshing cool air, Florida is a famous state state to kick back and relax. Laying on the beach, feeling your toes tickle the soft sand and the smell of salt water filling your lungs — nothing could beat a day like that! Yet, going to the beach everyday for your relaxing vacation will get boring soon enough.

How about a mini version of the Everglades instead? The Wakodahatchee Wetlands, which is a  located in Delray Beach, Florida, welcomes everyone of any age to enjoy the wildlife of the area by walking along the boardwalk and exploring.

The Wakodahatchee Wetlands is like an animal photographer haven. So carrying around a camera is a must! As soon as you enter, a gorgeous sight of the bright sky contrasting with the kelly green greenery pops out. It is difficult to not take a moment and awe at the sight! As soon as the scenery sets in, the wildlife appears. There are over 100 different types of birds, all of multifarious features, that have been spotted and all of which are easy to photograph since most are use to humans strolling along the boardwalk. This boardwalk is like a elongate bridge, because it stretches over the water. When you gaze at the wetlands, the flying creatures are fun to point out through all the sprouting waters. Listen the sound of the birds to decipher where some may be hiding. Not all birds have the same song. This could be a great entertaining game to play.

Birds may be the first animals to sight, but sure enough, other wildlife will spring into sight. Alligators, turtles, lizards and more will peak out of the bushes or water to take a look around. Turtles are the 2nd most seem animal in the Wakodahatchee Wetlands. If you watch them skim across the top of the water, soon enough they will reveal their head from the water to catch a breath of air. The boardwalk breaks off to dry land and land animals including geckos can be given the chance to enter your camera’s SD card. Visit around late spring, the end of mating season, to catch a glimpse of baby alligators or other critters.
It is inevitable that Wakodahatchee Wetlands will stun you with its beauty. There are five main plants that stand out the most and keep a balance of nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorus, in the wetlands: fireflag, arrowhead, pickerelweed, arrow arum, spatterdock. All of which are rich with a vibrant green color. The spatterdock are similar to lily pads. They are a spatter of green circles floating on the water’s surface. Little signs along the boardwalk will indicate which plant is which as also include fun facts about the flora. The greenery surrounding the area gives a sweet smell when the flowers are in bloom. A great calming aroma that will ease any stress and calm your muscles.

No matter the age, if nature if your forte, or if you want to relax in the warm weather while enjoying a lovely scenery, Wakodahatchee Wetlands will satisfy that desire.




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