Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge (North)
This 53,000 acre is a prime spot for birding and wildlife viewing. This wildlife refuge features four spots to view wildlife: Shired Island Beach, Dixie Mainline, Salt Creek, and the Fishbone Creek Paddling Trail. Explore coastal hammocks, mudflats, and beach sands as you look for birds like the Phaon Crescent, Spicebush Swallowtail, and Northern Cloudywing. Bald Eagles also frequently nest in the area, so look out for these avian wonders at Lower Suwannee. For more information, look at: http://floridabirdingtrail.com/trail/trail-sections/west-section/lower-suwannee-nwr-north/.
Big Bend Seagrass Aquatic Preserve
This enormous park spans 984,00 acres and is the largest aquatic preserve in Florida. A wide variety of bird species populate the park, including a large nesting colony of frigate birds on Seahorse Key. Cedar Key oysters, clams, pink shrimp, crabs, and scallops make for great fishing. The threatened Gulf Sturgeon also makes its habitat here, as its most viable habitat. The rich biodiversity of seagrass beds are an important resource for Florida sea life and the preserve features the largest area to be found in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico.
Steinhatchee Springs Wildlife Management Area
This wonderful, 20,909 acres of floodplain forest, cypress swamps, xeric hammocks, and pine plantations portray the best parts of the aquatic heritage of Northwest Florida. The area spans 3 counties, and is a great location for kayaking to towns like Steinhatchee. Wildlife viewing is also a must here, for wading birds as well as Swallowtail Kites.
Aquatic life is a must for Floridians, especially those who take advantage of the wealth of opportunities for water activities in Dixie County. Pack your kayak and head out with the family and see the sea life and watch the birds soar around this fantastic place to spend the afternoon.