Beginning on the GTM Reserve’s trail system, meander through a dense oak forest that offers occasional views of the Tolomato River. Once you reach the Guana River WMA the ecosystem is vastly different with tall pines and it is the diversity of natural communities that make this place an excellent place for birders.
Capo Creek Tower is a highlight offering stunning views of the salt marsh along Capo Creek – a tidal creek feeding into the Tolomato River.
Guana Lake Tower’s views will not disappoint either offering birders a bird’s-eye view of the lake and all the birds that make it home.
These areas attract White Pelicans (January and February), Ospreys and Bald Eagles often fish at the lake. When water levels are low, Black-necked Stilts, Dowitchers and other shore birds can also be seen at the lake’s north end.
During April and October, this area is the best place in northeast Florida to see migrating Peregrine Falcons. Winter months bring more than 3,000 migratory ducks, American Coots and Pied-billed Grebes to Guana Lake.
In May through September, you’re likely to see Wood Storks, Roseate Spoonbills, and White and Glossy Ibis at Big Savannah.