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Exciting News at Deerfield Island Park

Things are happening on our island. !!!!!

Two new walking trails have been created on Deerfield Island Park.

The first is the “shoreline trail” (a temporary name) that begins as you come off the ferry and walk towards the welcome kiosk. This trail meanders past the newly planted salt marsh and along the waterfront through red and black mangroves, native cabbage palms, and lots of interesting plants and trees. The vista is always different because of tidal changes at the shoreline. On our first walk, we saw evidence of fiddler crabs and raccoons. Look for pretty colored madagascar periwinkles, the invasive mahoe trees, and plants growing in soil lodged in the boots of the palms.

 

The second trail is the “Pineland trail” (also a temporary name) , beginning halfway to the restrooms. Signs will be installed shortly. This trail was being cleared and lined with logs by a hired crew as we were walking through. We came across lots of wild coffee, a clearing filled with dragonflies (see the Flora and Fauna column), native plumbago, a guava plant and many other species. We were even greeted by a baby owl flying by.

                         

The parks department has also installed lots of new signage at the butterfly garden, along the walk to the restrooms, and near the lookout area on the intracoastal.  There is more to come.