With its vast natural areas and bordering the Apalachicola National Forest, acclaimed birding and wildlife viewing spots exist comfortably within a short drive of downtown Tallahassee. In fact, this is one of the few state capitals where spotting rare bald eagles is just minutes from the capitol building.
Popular birding sites double as great locations for spotting deer, foxes, wild hogs, manatees, alligators and other native wildlife. Of the 497 verified species of birds that reside in or visit Florida, 372 species can be seen here thanks to the location along two major fly-ways.
For optimal sighting and less work, try the Tallahassee Museum. This picturesque natural setting provides safe viewing of Florida panthers, black bears, deer, red wolves, bald eagles and other native wildlife daily.
Some popular birding and wildlife viewing areas include:
Great Florida Birding Trail
The Great Florida Birding Trail at www.FloridaBirdingTrail.com has more than 30 sites in the Tallahassee area. This 489-site trail highlights some of the best birding sites in the Sunshine State. Or visit the Apalachee Audubon Society at www.apalachee.org for Tallahassee area birding information.
St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge (SMNWR) – www.fws.gov/saintmarks/birds.html
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park – www.floridastateparks.org/wakullasprings/
Apalachicola National Forest - http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/florida/apalachicola