Self-Guided Nature Tour 

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Gray Kingbird2Enjoy A  Self-Guided Nature Tour
With 15 National Wildlife Certified Parks, the City of Wilton Manors is home to hundreds of species of flora and fauna throughout the year. Depending on the season, you are most likely to spot a variety of rare birds, flowers, butterflies and plants at the seven parks listed below. From the Gray Kingbird in summer to the Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker in winter, this self-guided eco-walking tour is meant to help you explore the City of Wilton Manors and connect with the natural environment that surrounds us. Thirteen miles of waterways weave in and around the Island City and we hope you enjoy the serenity that our natural ecosystem provides. 

The Middle River surrounds almost the entire city, which led to the nickname, Island City. The Middle River is an approximately 7-mile loop originating at the Intracostal Waterway. The eastern edge of the river is just under one mile from the Atlantic Ocean and less than five miles from Port Everglades. The river provides a wealth of entertainment, recreational, environmental, economic, and educational opportunities. Recreation uses include kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddleboard, fishing, boating, and wildlife viewing. The waterways are home to a vast array of birds, mammals, and aquatic life. The City is certified as a Community Wildlife Habitat with the National Wildlife Federation and the river surrounding the City has been designated as a Florida Paddling Trail.




Stop 1 - 

Hagen Park


Before you begin your self-guided nature walking tour, please stop by the Hagen Park Community Center to pick up a complimentary packet of organic Butterfly Milkweed seeds.


Hagen Park - Coontie

Birds: Cattle egret, European starling, Muscovy duck, Palm warbler, Mitred parakeet, White ibis, Mockingbird, Spotted Oriole, Northern Cardinal, Common grackle, Boat-tailed grackle, Blue jay, mourning dove
Foliage: Coontie, Satin Leaf, Sabal Palm, Dahoon Holly, cypress, Vibernum, Jamaica Caper 
Butterflies: Atala, Clouded Sulphur, Swallowtail 




Richardson - Gray Catbird

Birds: 
Throughout the year: Yellow-Crowned Night Heron, Blue-Crowned Parakeets, Red-Masked Parakeets, Red-Crowned Parrots, Red-Bellied Woodpeckers, Downy Woodpeckers, Green Heron, Great Blue Heron, Cooper's Hawk
Spring (April) and Fall (October): Connecticut Warbler, Swainson's Warbler, Chestnutsided Warbler, Bay-Breasted Warbler, Black-Throated Green Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Hooden Warbler, Worm-Eating Warbler, Ovenbird, Indiho Bunting, Black-Throated Blue Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrushes, Northern Waterthrushes, American Redstarts, Cape May Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Great Crested Flycatchers, Eastern Wood Pewees,  House Finch, Fish Crow, Rock Pigeon, Eurasian Collared-Dove, White-winged Dove, Yellow-chevroned Parakeet,  Common Yellowthroat, Chimney Swift, Swallow-Tailed kite, Black and white warbler, Cape May Warbler, Black-Throated Blue warbler, Common Ground-Dove, Bobolink, Orange-winged Parrot, Magnificent Frigatebird, Monk Parakeet, House Sparrow, Black whiskered Vireo, Purple Martin, Indigo Bunting, Worm-eating Warbler, Kentucky Warbler, Swainson's Thrush, Prothonotary Warbler, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Prairie Warbler, Baltimore Oriole, Osprey, Turkey Vulture, Swainson's Warbler, American Kestrel, Red-shoulderd Hawk, Summer Tanger, 
Winter: Gray Catbird, Painted Bunting, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker, Palm Warbler, Yellow-Rumed Warbler, Ruby Throated Humming Bird, little blue Heron, Black Volture, White-eyeed Vireo, Orange-crowned Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Louisiana/Northern Waterthrush, Yellow-Throated Warbler, Pine Warbler, Carolina Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Ring-billed Gull, Royal Tern, Ruby-throated/black-chinned hummingbird, Chestnut-fronted Macaw, American Goldfinch, Great Egret, American Robin, Anhinga, Nanday Parakeet, Brown headed Cowbird, Double-crested Cormorant, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Killdeer, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Short tailed Hawk, Bananaquit, Eastern Phoebe, Western Tanager, Glossy Ibis, Pileated Woodpecker, White-eyed Parakeet, House Wren, Merlin, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-winged blackbird, Red- tailed Hawk, Tricolored Heron, American Coot, Tree Swallow, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Muscovy Duck x Mallard, Snowy Egret, Great Created Flycatcher, Belted Kingfisher, Loggerhead Shrike

Foliage: Wild Lime, Strangler Fig, Dutchman's Pipe Vine, Corky-Stemmed Passionflower Vine, Gumbo Limbo, Saw Palmetto
Butterflies: Giant Swallowtail, Ruddy Daggerwing, Polydamus Swallowtail, Zebra Longwing (state butterfly), Julia, Gulf Fritillary

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Stop 3 -Snook Creek Park

Snook Creek - Mangrove Skipper Butterfly


Birds: Yellow-Crowned Night Heron, Blue-Crowned Parakeets, Red-Masked Parakeets, Red-Crowned Parrots, Downy Woodpeckers, Green Heron, Great Blue Heron, Brown Pelican

Foliage: Black Mangroves 

Butterflies: Mangrove Skipper, Sulphur, Monarch



Stop 4 -

 

Mickel Park

Mikel-American Kestrel
Birds: Monk Parakeet, Sharp Shinned Hawk, Red bellied woodpecker, Blue Jay,  American Kestrel
Foliage:  Plumbago, Fakahatchee Grass, Crape Myrtle, Palms, Silver Buttonwood, Dahoon 
Butterflies: Monarch, Zebra Longwing, Julia, Gulf Fritillary




DoonEs- American Redstart


Birds: American Redstart, Black-Throared Blue Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Yellow-Throated Warbler, Black-and-White Warbler, Northern Parula, Palm Warbler, Yellow Rumped Warbler
Foliage: Coontie
Butterflies:  Atala, Monarch, Sulphur



Stop 6 - Island City Park Preserve

Island - Red-Bellied Woodpecker


Birds:  Spot-Breasted Orioles, Cooper's Hawk, Eurasian Collared Dove, Double-Crested Cormorant, White Ibis, Red-Bellied Woodpecker, Dowyn Woodpecker, Northern Cardinal
Spring (April) and Fall (October): Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Eastern Phoebe, Blue-Headed Vireo, Cape May Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler
Winter: Osprey Belted Kingfisher, Palm Warbler, Yellow Rumped Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Northern Parula, Pine Warbler
Foliage:  Sabal Palm, Mangrove, Gumbo Limbo
Butterflies:  Monarch, Zebra Longwing, Ruddy Daggerwing

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Stop 7  - 

Colachahee -Great Blue Heron

Birds: Great Blue Heron, Little Blue Heron, Yellow-Crowned Night Heron, Green Heron, Great Egret (Winter), Ospreys, Turkey, Vultures
Foliage: Coinvine, Water Hyssop, Mangrove
Butterflies: Monarch, Sulphur, White Peacock

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