Polk Popular With Many Birds
By TOM PALMER
Polk County is a great place to look for birds.
More than 250 species have been reported.
Polk is home to many species that are uncommon in more urban parts of the state. Florida specialties such as crested caracaras, Florida scrub-jays, limpkins, bluebirds, wild turkeys and sandhill cranes are seen regularly in the county's outlying areas.
When birdwatchers think of Polk County, the first place they mention is Circle B Bar Reserve, a county-run nature park on 4399 Winter Lake Road between Lakeland and Bartow. The former ranch contains a network of trails that offers great view of everything from songbirds to ducks and wading birds. Circle B also contains a visitor center and environmental education center.
|Circle B Bar Reserve||Lakeland|
|Gator Creek Reserve||Lakeland|
|Colt Creek State Park||Lakeland|
|Green Swamp Wildlife Management Area|
|Lake Wales Ridge State Forest||Frostproof|
|IMC-Agrico Peace River Park||Homeland|
|Lake Kissimmee State Park||Lake Wales|
|Saddle Creek Park And Campground||Lakeland|
Created: April 20, 2013 11:59 p.m.
Modified: April 18, 2014 11:44 a.m.
Guide to Polk 2014
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