The Ocala Wetland Recharge Park has been selected by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for inclusion on the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail sites.
The sites listed on the official Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail are selected for inclusion based on their unique wildlife viewing opportunities and ecological significance, educational opportunities, access for the public, and resilience to recreational use.
The Ocala Wetland Recharge Park, which is located at 2105 NW 21st Street, is one of 14 new sites to receive this distinction.
The Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail is a network of more than 500 premier wildlife viewing sites across the state. While millions of people, residents, and visitors take part in wildlife viewing activities each year, contributing billions of dollars to Florida’s economy, the primary goal of the network is to encourage conservation of the state’s native habitats and species.
Gabriela Sullivan, Ocala Water Resources Conservation Coordinator, stated that the Ocala Wetland Recharge Park is an “oasis for people and wildlife” in the city.
“While visiting, guests can view one of the 172 species of birds that frequent the park. We are excited to be recognized for the biodiversity and educational offerings the park brings to the city, and welcome visitors to experience its beauty in person,” added Sullivan.
The Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail is a program of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and it is supported in part by the Florida Department of Transportation and the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida.
In addition, FWC states that dozens of federal, state, and local government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and private landowners help make the program possible.
For more information, visit the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail website.