Description: Man-made retention ponds, bordered by pine flatwoods that parallel Kings Highway. These ponds are managed at varying water depths, allowing several different wetland communities. The ponds contain quite a few species of native plants which offer ample nesting and foraging areas for quite a few wetland dependent animals.
Vegetation Communities: Pond communities and pine flatwoods.
Location: Both sides of Kings Highway between Midway Blvd. and Westchester Blvd.
Amenities: None. There is a sidewalk which can be walked or bicycled. There is no public parking area specifically for this area, but ample parking exists off Vessels Road (west) and Swanee Road (east). No public restrooms are available (but shopping areas with restrooms are close by).
Animal Species: You may not be able to see all these species
Birds that you may encounter in the WETLANDS include: Great Egret Laughing Gull Boat-tailed Grackle Green Heron Red-winged Blackbird Little Blue Heron Black Vulture Bald Eagle* Turkey Vulture Snowy Egret American Coot Kingfisher Tricolored Heron Anhinga Common Grackle Moorhen Killdeer Wood Stork
* There is a bald eagle that is often perched on a snag on the west side of Kings Highway Birds you will likely see in the FLATLANDS and general vicinity: Laughing Gull White-eyed vireo Black Vulture Northern Mockingbird Mourning Dove Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Gray Catbird Red-bellied Woodpecker
Documented Mammals: Racoon Nine-banded Armadillo
Documented Herps: American Alligator Gopher Tortoise (in surrounding areas) Brown Anole Pig Frog