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Watson Nature Trail
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This Geocache is located on The National Key Deer Wildlife Refuge, which was established in 1957 to protect and preserve Key deer and other wildlife resources in the Florida Keys. The refuge consists of approximately 9,200 acres of land that includes pine rockland forests, tropical hardwood hammocks, freshwater wetlands, salt marsh wetlands, and mangrove forests. These natural communities are critical habitat for hundreds of endemic and migratory species including 17 federally-listed species.
The Watson Nature Trail is a loop that is 2/3 of a mile long. It has interpretative signs the whole way around. The trail takes you through Pine Rocklands and pockets of fresh water marsh. On your walk you may see Key deer, lower keys marsh rabbits, various butterfly species, anoles, and many types of birds including Turkey Vultures and Ospreys.
Stop by the Refuge Visitor Center on your way to this Geocache for a checkoff list of bird species, and other helpful information like how to identify poisonwood! The Visitor Center is located in the Big Pine Key Winn Dixie Shopping Plaza on Key Deer Blvd, just north of the light on US1. You can also call at (305) 872-0774
PLEASE BE ADVISED: ONLY REFUGE STAFF MAY PLACE CACHES ON REFUGE LANDS. ANY ILLEGAL CACHES WILL BE REMOVED.
The cache is NOT on the ground or in the trees!!! There is no reason to poke around in the poisonwood!!!
Last Updated: on 1/15/2018 11:55:45 AM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (7:55 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum