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Pelican Island Audubon Society

Field Trip: Fort Drum Marsh Conservation Area

Date: Saturday, February 18, 2023

Leader Name: George Glenn

Trip/area Description, any special characteristics: The Fort Drum Marsh Conservation Area is made up of 20,862-acres comprising wetlands and upland communities that mark the southernmost reach of the St. Johns River’s headwaters.  The dry prairie, pine flatwoods, hardwood swamp and freshwater marsh habitats support a variety of wildlife and attracts a large number of bird species, especially during the winter migration.  Hiking trails through the various habitats include a boardwalk with benches through a cypress/hardwood swamp.

Duration of trip in hours: 3 hours

Walking distance: Maximum of 2-3 miles but participants may choose to do less. Everyone will be provided the combination to the gate lock so that if you decide you want to quit the hike early, you will be able to leave when you want. 

Degree of difficulty, and any special instructions: Partly on uneven roadbed; sandy walking trails may also have some uneven spots with some exposed roots and branches. Otherwise, fairly easy walking.

Where to meet: Fort Drum Marsh parking lot, south of SR 60. To get to the entrance to Fort Drum, go west on Rt. 60 as if you are heading to Yeehaw Junction. The entrance is on the South side of the road, and is roughly 15 miles from the I-95 interchange and right before you get to the "bend" in the rt. 60 road. You do NOT go all the way to Yeehaw Junction. Once you make the turn into Fort Drum access road, you will travel around 1/2 mile to the gate. It's a single road so you don't have to worry about getting lost. Contact the field trip leader, George Glenn, at 850-294-4586 if you need further directions, especially on the morning of the field trip.

Time of meeting: 7:00 am

Date: 02/18/2023 (Sat.)

Time: 7:00am - 10:00am EST

Location: Fort Drum Marsh Conservation Area
23591 State Rd 60, Vero Beach, FL 32966

Created by:   Bob Montanaro
 
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