Bears of a Feather Stick Together LbNA # 31469 (ARCHIVED)
|Placed Date||May 31 2007|
|Location||St Petersburg, FL|
|Last Found||Dec 25 2007|
The park has finished repairs in this area and box is still there. Yippee! (as of 9/10/07)
Sawgrass Lake Park was designed for people interested in observing and learning about nature.
Sawgrass Lake Park, 400 acres in size, allows people to walk through one of the largest maple swamps on the Gulf Coast of Florida. The park’s mile-long boardwalk and half-mile dirt trail provide opportunities to see birds, butterflies, plants and animals in their natural settings within the most densely populated county in Florida. Herons, egrets, ibis, wood storks, alligators and turtles can be seen along the canals and lakes. Thousands of birds migrate through the park during the fall and spring, attracting birders and eco-tourists from all over the country. Sawgrass Lake Park is mentioned by the Great Florida Birding Trail and the National Audubon Society as one of the premier birding sites in Florida.
After an educational stop at the John Anderson Environmental Education Center walk along the boardwalk towards the observation tower. Watch for wildlife along the way. Once you arrive at the observation tower, take note of the number there (on small boards every so often along the boardwalk, like mile markers). Remember this number.
Your destination is now the Oak Hammock trail. The Maple trail will get you there, but when we visited it was under repair. If you cannot use the Maple Trail, there is another trail if you walk along the sidewalk toward the picnic areas. Follow the boardwalk from either starting points toward the Old Hammock trail. Watch for the same number that you found earlier. When you find that number, look to the left - you will see a large tree that bends, runs almost parallel to the ground, then splits into a V after it begins growing upwards. That is where the box is hidden in the roots on the side of the tree away from the boardwalk.
The only problem is getting there...... Not far from this tree (within sight) there is a resting area after which the boardwalk ends and the Hammock trail begins. Just double back to the tree.
Have fun and watch for animals. We saw 3 alligators and 2 armadillos and tons of birds that we could not even begin to name.