Flamingo Gardens Wildlife Sanctuary
Hundreds of thousands of American Flamingos used to visit the coastal areas of Florida in the 1800s. They were eradicated completely from the area due to egg and feather hunting over the last century. However, they were sighted again a few years ago in the Everglades National Park at a stormwater water treatment facility. They are now returning regularly, however due to the popularity of the bird with birdwatchers, the National Park Service closed the area to the general public and handed it over to the Audubon Society to control access. They run trips to the area, 147 Flamingos were counted in 2014 but only 8 in 2015. It’s still not known whether the Flamingos began life as wild birds or are escapees from captivity. The Audubon trips are highly oversubscribed so we weren’t able to join one.
So, there were no Flamingos at the Everglades Flamingo Park where we stayed a few days. However we found a Wildlife Sanctuary in Davie, Florida that provides a safe habitat for many birds and some animals that had been damaged or rescued from other less hospitable facilities. There were also beautiful gardens, many exotic varieties of trees shrubs and flowers. We stayed almost a whole day at the Sanctuary with our ‘snowbird’ friends Jeff and Stacey Smith. There were plenty of Flamingos there, as well as some other beautiful species, as you will see below.
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Thank you Stacey for your Fighting Flamingo Movie!
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Flamingo Wildlife Sanctuary, Davie, Florida