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Important Bird Areas: Peninsular Florida

The sites listed here come from The American Bird Conservancy Guide to the 500 Most Important Bird Areas in the United States (2003). The northern part of peninsular Florida is a transitional zone where the pine and bottomland hardwood forests of the coastal plain merge with the more tropical elements of south Florida; Red-cockaded Woodpecker and Swallow-tailed Kites extend into this area. The scrub oaks of central Florida's Lake Wales Ridge are a center of endemism that shelter most of the world's Florida Scrub-Jays. Throughout the peninsula, colonies of Wood Stork, Glossy Ibis, herons and egrets can be found, along with Brown Pelicans, various terns and Black Skimmer on coastal islands. In subtropical south Florida, mangroves and tropical hammocks are home to many Caribbean birds, including Snail Kites, Short-tailed Hawks, Limpkins, White-crowned Pigeons, Mangrove Cuckoos, and Black-whiskered Vireos. There is also much habitat for migrating and wintering birds on the peninsula.
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Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge
Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge
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Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve, Florida
Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve, Florida
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Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge
Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge
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Ocala National Forest
Ocala National Forest
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Lake Apopka Restoration Area, Florida
Lake Apopka Restoration Area, Florida
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Canaveral National Seashore
Canaveral National Seashore
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Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
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Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
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Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida
Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida
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Cross Bar Ranch Wellfield, Florida
Cross Bar Ranch Wellfield, Florida
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Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area, Florida
Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area, Florida
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St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park, Florida
St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park, Florida
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Avon Park Air Force Range
Avon Park Air Force Range
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Archbold Biological Station (Florida)
Archbold Biological Station (Florida)
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Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Florida
Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Florida
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Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
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Belle Glade, Florida
Belle Glade, Florida
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Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary (Florida)
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary (Florida)
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Big Cypress National Preserve
Big Cypress National Preserve
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Everglades National Park
Everglades National Park
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Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park, Florida
Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park, Florida
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Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge
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John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Florida
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Florida
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National Key Deer Refuge
National Key Deer Refuge
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Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge
Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge
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Torchwood Hammock Preserve, Florida
Torchwood Hammock Preserve, Florida
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Key West National Wildlife Refuge
Key West National Wildlife Refuge
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Dry Tortugas National Park
Dry Tortugas National Park
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