THE DUCKPOND AREA:
In addition to the lowland maritime forest
surrounding the duckponds, there is a spectacular growth of cattails
at the water’s edge. On occasion, the water surface turns a soft
green color because of the growth of a layer of duckweed.
The animal community here is spectacular,
large alligators in the ponds, cottonmouths and other water-loving
snakes on the banks, and in bushes and low trees in and around the water,
ibis and herons may be seen in profusion, with gallinules and ducks often
in the water. Substantial heron rookeries frequently occur in this
area and these are shared by anhingas.
Juvenile Bald Eagles have been brought
to a remote area near the duckponds in order to reestablish their
presence in the area.