An osprey bringing a fish to its nest. [Photo by Richard Lee]
Green Cay Nature Center is hosting its “Bird Talk & Walk: Birds of Prey” program Sept. 9. Participants start the day with a one-hour birding tour with a naturalist.
What: Bird Talk & Walk: Birds of Prey
When: Sept. 9 at 9:30 a.m.
Where: Green Cay Nature Center
Address: 12800 Hagen Ranch Road, west of Boynton Beach
Who: Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department
South Florida’s diverse habitats, from the mangrove-lined coasts to the ecosystem of the Everglades, support a variety of bird species, including several birds of prey.
A common bird of prey is the osprey. Often seen near water, ospreys primarily feed on fish and are sometimes referred to as fish hawks. Another common sighting is the red-shouldered hawk, which is common in woodlands and can often be seen perched on tree branches or utility poles.
The site that became Green Cay Nature Center was used for agriculture, and much of it had been drained and altered. The county embarked on a wetland restoration project to return the land to its natural state.
The Green Cay Nature Center opened to the public in 2004. It is designed to provide environmental education, promote conservation and offer recreational opportunities.
One of the center’s main features is the raised boardwalk that allows visitors to explore the restored wetlands without disturbing the ecosystem.