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The Wakodohatchee Wetlands of Delray Beach

Posted by Brittany Bosher on Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 at 9:54pm.

The Wakodohatchee Wetlands are a large natural wetland of south Florida located Delray Beach. Wakodohatchee is a native word from the Seminole Indian language that means “created waters.” 

These beautiful wetlands have become known for the amazing bird watching guests can do here. The Wakodohatchee is home to over 140 species of birds. Not only are there an abundance of rare birds but also the wetlands are home to other native Floridian animals like alligators, frogs, turtles, deer and more. These created waters span over 50 acres and are incredible co-symbiotic ecosystem that represents the indigenous Floridian environment.  The wetlands have been divided into several “zones” each featuring different environments and animals. “The zones were designed for a mixture of habitat types:

  • Open pond water areas to attract waterfowl and diving birds
  • Emergent marsh areas for rails, moorhens, and sparrows
  • Shallow shelves for herons and egrets
  • Islands with shrubs and snags to serve as roosting, nesting, and basking sites”

Guests of the Wakodohatchee Wetlands can take a stroll along the 3 mile long boardwalk alone or with a guide to spot different bird and animal species. These wetlands are a true Florida treasure.  For more information about the Wakodohatchee Wetlands please visit the link.

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