A fit young woman with a backpack on her back and binoculars in hand looks out for birds under a cloudy sky.

Birders will be delighted with the variety of feathered friends present on the refuge and especially visible from the Marsh Trail. Birds are best viewed during the winter season, from approximately October – March.  Wading birds such as egrets, herons, including the black-crowned night-heron, and white ibis are often plentiful. Roseate spoonbills and wood stork also regularly make an appearance on the Refuge. More than 40 species of birds have been seen from the trail and observation tower. Other sighted species include osprey, bald eagles, mangrove cuckoos, swallow-tailed kites, prairie warblers, and black-whiskered vireos.