Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge

Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge is the last northernmost portion of the unique Everglades. With over 221 square miles of Everglades habitat, the Loxahatchee Refuge is home to the American alligator and the critically endangered Everglade snail kite. In any given year, as many as 257 species of birds may use the Refuge's diverse wetland habitats. Mid-October should be a great time to visit this beautiful wildlife refuge. The birds should be arriving around then, and it looks to be spectacular! Please join us for a day of great wildlife shooting at Loxahatchee! More information about the park can be found
here. Please bring bug spray, sunblock, and water! There is a $5 per vehicle fee to get into the park. I've been asked a couple of questions about what gear to bring. If you have a telephoto lens, it would be a good idea to bring it. A tripod is optional, but if you feel you need it for your telephoto work, then please do so! Also, there's some wonderful macro opportunities at the Loxahatchee visitor's center butterfly garden and covered walkway, so that might be worth bringing. We can meet at the Loxahatchee Visitor's center at 8:00. From there, everyone can decide what they want to shoot and head on out!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I really liked it for photo taking.

    October 21, 2009

  • Paul L.

    I like the refuge. The weather was a little cooler, and we were fortunate to get some great shots. The group is always fun to interact with and share photo tips.

    October 17, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    I realize that it was a bit crowded, but I had a wonderful time. I spent most of my time on the boardwalk shooting macros, and it was just a wonderful day. The weather held up, and the company was excellent.

    October 17, 2009

  • Sue

    It was first time there. I've traveled by there for years. I can't believe what I've been missing!

    October 17, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Vicki! I thought it was a fine day of shooting also! The trolley running was a nice bonus!

    October 17, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    I thought the grand opening was opportune. They had trolley buses which cut down on walking. They also had ice cold water by the nature center and a lot of rangers/guides out to help answer a question or two. There were not an awful lot of people so early in the day. There were woodpeckers, hawks, a snail kite, a ton of butterflies, even more dragonflies (plus a beautiful orange I've never seen before) and the Great Blue Heron put a show on for us. I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

    October 17, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a good shoot, not as many birds as I would have liked, but the weather was nice enough.

    October 17, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    I thought the meet up was great. The weather held and the wildlife cooperated. There was a large number of butterflies active. As many as I've seen other places that are more known for their butterflies. The people were friendly and very nice.

    October 17, 2009

  • Jesse L

    not tpp much to shoot today

    October 17, 2009

  • Bunny R.

    It was too bad that the grand opening of the visitor center was the same day as the meetup and a lot of us went over to Green Cay in Delray where we witnessed gators fighting for quite a while. I did get a chance to meet several of the group at Green Cay. There is plenty of parking and restrooms available as well as water. I am hoping to meet more members in the future.

    October 17, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Also, as Janet has pointed out before, this Saturday is the grand opening of the vistor's center. It might be a big crowded, but I hope you will enjoy it nonetheless! Maybe we'll make some new friends!

    October 12, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all! Please make note of the time change. If you can't make it at 8:00 or would prefer to come at 9:00, that is fine. I will be at the visitor's center at 8:00 and 9:00! Can't wait to see you there!

    October 11, 2009

  • Donnette

    Are we meeting at a specific place?
    If so, where.

    October 10, 2009

  • Janet R.

    FYI - October 17th is the grand opening of the visitor's center. It is currently closed as new exhibits are added including a simulated airboat ride (looking forward to that one!).

    October 3, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for the info on the marsh trail, King. I knew it was long but not the exact length. It's an easy walk but a long way if it rains. I'd also toss some rain gear in the car - just in case. This is my second favorite place besides Wakodahatchee. I'll try my best to be there! Oh, and I'd be there early as well.. I love the sunrise.

    October 2, 2009

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