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PONCE de LEON PARK

Description: Small City Park, Beach, and Boat ramp in Punta Gorda near the mouth of the Peace River.

Vegetation Communities: Mangrove swamp, beach, grassy areas, hardwoods, palms.

Location: Punta Gorda, 3 miles from intersection of US41 and Marion Ave, or 5 miles from I-75.   Go south on Marion to the end.

Amenities: Bathrooms, Peace River Wildlife Center, children’s play area, boat ramp, boat trailer and car parking, boardwalk.

Animal Species:  We are still building an inventory, but here is the beginning:

Birds that you may encounter year-round include: Brown Pelican Laughing Gull Royal Tern Willet Anhinga Foresters Tern Great Blue Heron Little Blue Heron Spotted sandpiper Cowbird Snowy Egret Great Egret Louisiana Tricolor Heron Ground Dove Great Horned Owl Starling Turkey Vulture Black Vulture Red-breasted Merganser Lesser Scaup Belted Kingfisher Osprey Fish Crow Roseate Spoonbill Woodstork Bald eagle Yellow-crowned Night Heron Black-crowned Night Heron Red-bellied Woodpecker Piliated Woodpecker Green Heron Boat-tailed Grackle Frigate Bird Sanderling Red-winged Blackbird Prairie Warbler American Kestrel Palm Warbler Horned Grebe Sandwich Tern Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Tree Swallow Yellow-rumped Warbler Cardinal White-eyed Vireo Least Sandpiper Red-shouldered Hawk Double-crested Cormorant White Ibis Common Loon Semipalmated Plover Mourning Dove Ring-billed Gull Hooded Merganser Shrike White Pelican Dickcissel Western Sandpiper

Documented Mammals: Raccoon Cottontail Rabbit

Documented Herps:Cottontail RabbitBrown Anole

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