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Bio Diverse Estuary - Martin County

Posted by Lorea Thomson on Monday, December 16th, 2019 at 7:31pm.

Martin County is home to one of the most bio-diverse lagoon ecosystems in the Northern Hemisphere. It is situated right here in our own backyard, Martin County, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River Lagoon.  

The St. Lucie Inlet is one of the most bio-diverse estuaries in North America. It separates the barrier islands of Hutchison Island and Jupiter Island. The inlet connects Atlantic Ocean to several lagoon and estuarine tidal systems. This ecosystem is a favorite for nature enthusiasts interested in learning about the native flora and fauna of Florida barrier islands. Plants in the estuary, such as mangroves, attract lots of different animals to the estuary and those animals attract other animals to the estuary.  The ecosystem is a favorite for nature enthusiasts interested in learning about the native flora and fauna of Florida barrier islands.

The definition of an ecosystem is the “complex of a community of organisms and its environment functioning as an ecological unit.” Take a visit to the St. Lucie Inlet and get a deeper appreciation of the complexity and fragility of ecosystems, and for the wild species they sustain.

Go by kayak, canoe or take the boardwalk across mangrove forests and hammocks of live oaks, cabbage palms, and wild limes to a carefully preserved section of Atlantic beach. During the summer months, the island is an important nesting area for loggerhead, leatherback and green turtles. They come ashore at night to dig holes in the beach sand where they lay their eggs.

The St. Lucie Inlet is an ecosystem that provides a habitat for over 4,300 species of plants and animals, including more than 30 threatened and endangered species like manatees, Florida scrub jay, wood storks, sandhill cranes, and peregrine falcons. Go on an adventure this holiday break.

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