Green Cay Wetlands

Fall colors ... Florida style!

(All images taken at Green Cay Wetlands by Me)

My little slice of Heaven … This is my favorite spot in the County to experience nature. There have been well over 150 species of birds seen here.  Bobcats and Otters are regularly seen.  Alligators galore.  Turtles and frogs and insects by the gross, even though I’d don’t think there really that gross!

This past year we have had baby Bobcats and

Baby Alligators (this guys only 6 inches long)

and so many beautiful bird that I’ve lost track of saying how lucky we are to have this wonderful place.

A little history of this wonderland.

The 100-acre property was purchased in 1999 from Ted and Trudy Winsberg, who used the property for farming Peppers.  The Winsbergs sold the property for 1/3 of its appraised value with the condition that it would be made into a wetlands. Construction began in July 2003 on the 1 1/2 mile raised boardwalk and on the wonderful nature center.

The Green Cay Wetlands and Nature Center are located at 12800 Hagen Ranch Road, which is in suburban Boynton Beach.

There is more than ample parking for 100’s of cars and busses and if it is your first time here a trip into the nature center is well recommended.  Just looking at the before and after pictures of this place is inspiring.  Just goes to show that we (humans) don’t screw everything up!

There are so many things to like about this place and it’s not easy to pick out just one, so I’ll elaborate on a few.  People … now that may sound weird right, but let me explain.  Because there are so many people who go there just to walk the birds and other animals have become very acclimated to humans.

It’s a photographers dream.  On any give day you can be within ten feet of over 20 different species including most the Herons and Egrets.  Many Raptors can be seen and during migration lots of Warblers and Vireos.  The great thing is they often just continue about their daily routine oblivious to the fact that they are becoming famous (for having their picture taken)

Diversity … there is open water and marshy wetlands. There are Cypress Hammocks and Hardwood Hammocks.  This mixture is what separates GC from say Wakodahatchee (which I also love) .  Most times of the year there are Warblers around.  In the Winter Palms, Pines and Yellow-rumps make up the majority but during Spring and Fall Migration just about any species can show up.

A few other things … little to no mosquitos.  Lots of great friends, both birders and photographers, to share with!  Many shelters so you can bird any time unless it’s an all day rain.  I’ve gotten many nice pictures from a shelter waiting out a shower. Great bathrooms and icy cold water fountains (really nice)!!

I could go on and on about the virtues of this place but can only say, once you try it, you will come back!  I’ll leave you with a few more Green Cay images.


About sheriffsmith

I have worked for the Broward County Sheriff's Office the last 13 years and spend most of my free time birdwatching / naturewatching and photographing the birds and nature that I encounter. I believe God has blessed us with a world that is so absolutely fascinating and wonderful and I'm doing my best to discover and show others all that he has provided us with in nature.
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