Florida Wetlands
The Beautiful South Florida Wetlands and all the wonderful animals that call it home.

Wakodahatchee Wetlands and Green Cay are two wonderful examples of environmental restoration here in South Florida. You'll want to visit them when you're down this way.

Derived from a Seminole Indian phrase meaning "created waters," Wakodahatchee Wetlands was constructed by Palm Beach County Water Utilities next to an existing Water Treatment Plant in Delray Beach. The project transformed 56 acres of percolation ponds into a thriving wetlands habitat. Two million gallons a day of highly treated reclaimed water is used to maintain the wetlands which attracts an abundance of wildlife in a park-like setting. By acting as a natural filter for nutrients that remain, the wetlands work to further cleanse the water.

The Wakodahatchee Wetlands have attracted an abundant variety of wildlife, including turtles, frogs, otters, alligators and birds. More than 140 different species of birds have been spotted at the site. These species thrive in the various wetland zones found at the Wakodahatchee Wetland.
Green Cay Wetlands is a nature preserve in nearby Boynton Beach. In 1999 the 100-acre property was purchased from Ted and Trudy Winsberg for 1/3 its appraised value with the condition that it would be converted into a wetland. Construction began in July 2003. One and a half miles of elevated boardwalks take visitors through various habitats, including Cabbage Palm Hammock, Cypress Swamp, Wetland Hammock, and Tropical Hardwood Hammock. Both of these "recreated" wetlands are wonderful to visit... especially for photographers like you and me!

Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Boynton Beach, FL and Green Cay Wetlands, Delray Beach, FL

Many thanks to jungle mama for this wonderful information about these two great local wetland areas. Thanks Susan!
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