Dry Tortugas National Park
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc
N 24° 37.658 W 082° 52.347
17R E 310463 N 2725008
Quick Description: In addition to the specific birding spot nearby, this is the main viewing platform for the islands closer to the fort.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 8/5/2009 8:04:48 AM
Waymark Code: WM6YAR
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member crackergals
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Long Description:
Dry Tortugas National Park
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
DryTortugas National Park has an official bird list of 299 species. Of these, only seven species frequently nest within the park: Sooty Tern, Brown Noddy, Brown Pelican, Magnificent Frigatebird, Masked Booby, Roseate Tern, and Mourning Dove[3].

Birdwatching activity peaks each spring (usually April) when dozens of migratory bird species can pass through the park in a single day. Many birds land inside the parade grounds of Fort Jefferson where they are often observed at close range. Several species of falcon as well as Cattle Egrets are often seen hunting songbirds. A small freshwater fountain beneath Buttonwood trees represents the only freshwater source for many miles, and is a popular spot to watch migrant birds. Each year several bird guides offer tours of Dry Tortugas National Park during April and early May.

Another popular spectacle is the Sooty Tern nesting season on Bush Key between February and September, which involves an approximately 80,000 terns. Bush Key remains closed to visitors during the nesting season, but bird watchers with binoculars or telephoto lenses can watch the spectacle from Fort Jefferson.

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a link to the DTNP official birding checklist--pdf

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Park Name: Dry Tortugas National Park

Sponsoring Organization: Department of the Interior

Handicap Accessible?: No

Website: [Web Link]

List any Hides, Birding Towers, or other structures to assist in Birdwatching found at the location:
If you have a kayak, you can paddle around (but not walk on) the key that has the frigatebird colony. Recent hurricanes and storms have devastated the vegetation on the key, and so pedestrian traffic is prohibited. If you don't have access to your own

Entrance Fee: Not Listed

Parking Coordinates: Not Listed

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