Turtle Heaven. And Raptor Rescue in McGough Nature Park.

Yesterday a friend of mine (thanks Gladys!) introduced me to a Nature Park that I had no idea existed right along a route I drive several times a week. Practically right under my nose.

McGough Nature Park
McGough Nature Park

The McGough Nature Park is also known as a “turtle park” because it houses 150-200 turtles of various sub-species at any given time. When we arrived, some of them were enjoying the sunshine at the pond.

A few of the turtles enjoying the sun on land.
A few of the turtles enjoying the sun on land.

This park also provides a home for rescued raptors, who cannot manage on their own in the wild due to injuries they have sustained. We saw five birds there at the moment, if I remember correctly.

Two Barred Owls.

One of these owls had an eye injury, and the other had a debilitating wing injury. They were not able to fly, but had gotten a home here in the park’s Nature Center.

A Red-shouldered Hawk.

This Red-shouldered Hawk had injured her right wing so badly that part of it had to be surgically removed.

After saying hello to the rescued raptors in the Nature Center, we walked the beautiful trail through the pine, oak, palm and mangrove forest. Please come along.

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I hope you enjoyed the short walk in this park, and the gorgeous spring weather 🙂