While in Tallahassee, we went to St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge which is one of the oldest wildlife refuges in the United States. Established in 1931 as a wintering ground for migratory birds, it encompasses 68,000 acres in the state of Florida. The refuge includes several Gulf of Mexico coastal habitats, such as saltwater marshes, islands, tidal creeks, and the estuaries of seven north Florida rivers.
We saw some really cool birds. The first two pictures show two of the different environments that are there. After that comes a picture of a great egret, a pelican, a great blue heron, a belted king fisher and a cormorant. Yes we skipped a picture. That would be a picture of a couple of alligators (look close, the second one’s tail is in the water and his body is under the reeds) that we saw as we were starting to walk a trail. As we had Shakespeare with us, and these alligators were about 25 – 30 feet from us, we decided to take advantage of the fact that their backs were turned and turn around. The funny thing is that Leslie was walking toward them thinking what a shame it was that there was an old tire in this refuge and was past them before it registered what they were.