Caw Caw Interpretive Center

Caw Caw Interpretive Center

Overview

Area name

Caw Caw Interpretive Center

Area Location

Follow U.S. 17 south from Rantowles. Turn right into the park after approximately 2.5 miles.

Area Map

Access

Admission: $1 for adults, free for 2 and under. Guided walks offered for $5/person each Wednesday and Saturday morning.

Hours of Operation: 9:00 – 3:00 on Wednesday through Friday, 9:00 – 5:00 on weekends. The park is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Facilities

There is a butterfly garden behind the center. Pick up a bird checklist and map.

Background

8 miles of hiking trails leading through swamps, forests and rice fields where birding is excellent  year-round. Stop in at the Caw Caw Interpretive Center to pick up a bird checklist and a map of the park. There is a butterfly garden and bird feeders located behind the center. Other highlights of the park include Rice Field Overlook Boardwalk, Waterfowl Trail and Swamp Sanctuary Trail.

Key Birds

Resident

Anhinga, Black-crowned Night-heron, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, White Ibis, Wood Stork, Red-shouldered Hawk, King Rail, Barred Owl. Pileated Woodpecker, White-eyed Vireo, Least Bittern, Swallow-tailed Kite, Painted Bunting.

Summer

Yellow-crowned Night-heron, Least Bittern, Swallow-tailed Kite, Mississippi Kite, Yellow-throated Vireo, Acadian Flycatcher, Prothonotary Warbler, Blue Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Painted Bunting.

Winter

American Bittern, Hooded Merganser, Bald Eagle, Merlin, Virginia Rail, Sora, Sedge Wren, Black-and-white Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Fox Sparrow, Rusty Blackbird, Purple Finch.