Blue Heron Hammocks

IMG_1724No this blog is not about a hammock that you take a nap in while sipping on an ice frothed Piña Colada! 🙂 But if you’re into plants, shrubs, bushes, and trees then this is you mecca! Covering over 51 acres, this Monroe County Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission Environmental Area is just what you’re looking for.

The Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area is an archipelago of small sites stretching 80 miles from Key Largo almost to Key West. These sites contain some of the best examples of undisturbed tropical hardwood hammocks remaining in Florida. Unfortunately many of the tropical hardwood hammocks on the south Florida mainland and in the Keys have been lost to development.

Tropical hardwood hammocks are the only tropical hardwood forests in the continental United States and are among the most imperiled natural communities in the world. This area was acquired to protect and to restore native plants and animals, many of which are found nowhere else in the continental United States and some of which are found nowhere else in the world. The hammocks are critical feeding and resting areas for scores of migratory bird species on their way between the eastern half of North America, Latin America and the Caribbean.

There are some 188 known varieties of plants, shrubs, bushes and trees growing here from A to Z including: Abutilon Permolle, Manikara Zapota, Ximenia Americana. There, I hope you know what those are because I sure don’t! 🙂

You can find Blue Heron Hammocks Environmental Area at Mile Marker 51.0 bayside by turning onto Aviation Boulevard and going 1.8 miles on your left.

PS – Don’t bring a picnic, it’s NOT that kind of a place!

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