Prescribed Burn Scheduled May 13 - 24

Refuge staff are planning to conduct a prescribed burn for hazardous fuel reduction from Monday, May 13 through Friday, May 24. Depending on cooperative weather conditions, approximately 30,000 acres in the very south end of the Refuge will be burned. There is a possibility of the Hillsboro Area entrance being closed during this time period. Smoke will be readily visible from areas in southern Palm Beach County, western Boca Raton, northern Broward County, and Parkland. With the prescribed wind direction smoke should not impact these areas. All smoke will move out over the Refuge and dissipate rapidly as it moves to the west. Fuel type, fuel moisture, relative humidity, air temperature, wind speed, wind direction, and other atmospheric conditions are always taken into consideration first to ensure a safe and successful burn.

Refuge fire management staff will conduct the burns with assistance from fire staff at other refuges located throughout South Florida and in cooperation with the Florida Division of Forestry and Palm Beach County Fire and Rescue. The objectives of the Fire Management Program are to reduce vegetation that could fuel uncontrolled wildfires, in order to protect private property and human lives, as well as endangered and threatened plant and animal species, and to maintain habitat and biological diversity in fire-maintained plant communities.


Everglades Tram Tours

Every Saturday, Sunday, Monday & Wednesday, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. & 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 28, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. & 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 23 & 30, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. & 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Friday, May 17 & 24, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. & 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Grab your camera and binoculars and enjoy the Refuge on an approximately 1.5 to 2-hour tram tour. The open-air tram can seat 5 passengers and provides a unique view into the wildlife, marshes, and cypress swamps of the Refuge. Your guide will talk about the Refuge, its birds and other wildlife, the ongoing research in the mini-Everglades impoundments of LILA, and answer all your questions in the comfort of your shaded electric tram. Meet at the Visitor Center front desk 15 minutes prior to the tour.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Call the Visitor Center at 561-734-8303.

Photography Tours

Every Sunday, 7:15 a.m.

Explore, learn, enjoy, and record the natural resources and biological treasures of the Refuge with award-winning photographers Dr. Peter Lekos and Lora Lekos on an early morning photography tour. Reservations are required because space is limited to give personal attention to each photographer. Meet at the Marsh Trail parking lot near the gazebo.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Call the Visitor Center at 561-734-8303.

English/Portuguese Nature Walks

Every Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

Join bilingual (English/Portuguese) volunteer naturalist Leandro Bauer to stroll around the Visitor Center, Cypress Swamp Boardwalk, and Marsh Trail. He will be answering questions and discussing the plants and wildlife that live here at the Refuge. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Roving Wildlife Photographer

Every Saturday, 9:30 a.m.

Take a guided walking tour of some of our most beautiful spots in the Refuge. View and photograph wildlife in its natural settings with our volunteer roving photographer, Ira Rappaport. Ira will show you areas where some of the most recent sightings of wildlife have been reported and other locations that might make for great photo opportunities. Bring water, comfortable closed-toe shoes or sneakers, a hat to block the sun, sun screen lotion, binoculars, and your camera. The tour can be from 3-5 miles. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Roving Naturalist

Tuesday, May 14 & 28, 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

A volunteer naturalist will be strolling around the Visitor Center, Cypress Swamp Boardwalk and Marsh Trail, answering questions and discussing the plants and wildlife of the swamp. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Guided Canoe Tours

Saturday May 11 & 25, 9:00 - 11:15 a.m.

Meet at the Lee Road Boat Ramp to enjoy a beautiful canoe tour guided by a volunteer naturalist through a portion of the Refuge interior. Explore the northernmost end of the Everglades on this approximately 1.5 to 2-hour tour. You may rent a canoe or kayak for $35 from Loxahatchee Canoeing or bring your own. (One canoe seats 2 to 3 people.)

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Call the Visitor Center at 561-734-8303.

Enjoy this 3-minute video made on the canoe trail:

Moonlight Guided Canoe Tours

Saturday, May 18, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 15, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 13, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 17, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 14, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 12, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Meet at the Lee Road Boat Ramp to enjoy a guided moonlight canoe tour through a portion of the Refuge interior. Wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants and bring a flashlight and bug spray. Canoe rental from Loxahatchee Canoeing is $35; you may not bring your own. (One canoe seats 2 to 3 people.)


*** Programs subject to change, for more information on any of the activities and programs, please call the Visitor Center at (561) 734-8303.

Events are listed on the Friends website at

Bird Walk Bird Counts

Rick Schofield, the Audubon Everglades volunteer who leads the early Wednesday morning bird walks, has been reporting monthly counts of all the species they've found on eBird. Here's what they found here at the Refuge from November, 2018 through April, 2019:

2019 Photography Contest Awards

Thank you to all who entered our 2018 photography contest, to our distinguished judges Meg Puente, Ira Rappaport and Dean Fleischman; and especially to Cathy Patterson, Jay Paredes, Rick Schofield and the other volunteers whose hard work made this contest possible!

And the winners are:

Best in Show: Matthew Pickton - Wood Stork
Artistic: 1st - Connie Wagner - My Moments - Sunset over Canal; 2nd - Connie Wagner - Sing to Me - Boat-tailed Grackles; 3rd - Arthur Jacoby - Marsh Trail Infra Red; Honorable Mention: Gwen Solomon - Sunset Bikers; Arthur Jacoby - Snail Kite - Tight Landing; Arthur Jacoby - Kettle of Vultures
Avian: 1st - John Block - Little Blue Heron with Lunch; 2nd - Curt McCauley - Snail Kite - Coming in Hot; 3rd - Mario Labado - Snake on Beak of Great Egret; Honorable Mention: Ruth Pannunzio - Male Snale Kite; Howard Friedman - Red-winged Blackbird; John Block - Monk Parakeets
Fauna: 1st - John Block - White-tailed Deer; 2nd - Rob Gertzman - American Alligator Eye; 3rd - Rob Gertzman - Eastern Lubber Grasshopper; Honorable Mention: Diane Munster - Oh, Deer! Jeanne Lesperance - Prince Charming - Green Anole; Rob Gertzman - Armadillo
Flora: 1st - Connie Wagner - Green Spiral - Fern; 2nd - Arthur Jacoby - Morning Greeting - Spider Lily; 3rd - Harvey Mendelson - String Lilies; Honorable Mention: Jo Ann Ricchiuti - Iris and a Bee; Judy Swerlick - Trail of Leaves - Virginia Creeper; Harvey Mendelson - White Water Lily
Landscapes: 1st - Herbert Zaifert - Boats at Rest; 2nd - Herbert Zaifert - End of Day; 3rd - Jeanne Lesperance - Marsh Trail Sunset; Honorable Mention: Judy Rapp - Photographers at Sunset; Phoenix Marks - Dawn's Early Light - Cypress Swamp; Harvey Mendelson - Reeds in the Sunset
Youth Artistic: 1st - Noah Nance - Van Gogh Marsh; 2nd - Claire Mierau - Two Lone Leaves; 3rd - Leiyana Dumerius - The Blur of the Wild Balsam Apple
Youth Avian: 1st - Edwin Wilke - Endangered Snail Kite; 2nd - Edwin Wilke - Elusive Barred Owl; 3rd - Edwin Wilke - Snail Kite Over the River of Grass; Honorable Mention: Carter Briggs - Plovers; Edwin Wilke - Time to Eat - Red-shouldered Hawk; Ekin Esmer - Reflected Gallinule
Youth Fauna: 1st - Edwin Wilke - White Peacock Butterfly; 2nd - Ekin Esmer - Florida Banded Water Snake; 3rd - Ekin Esmer - Florida Cottonmouth; Honorable Mention: Gia Clarke-Rubin - Butterfly Kiss; Jordan Laurino - Brown Anole; Ekin Esmer - Snake in the Bush
Youth Flora: 1st - Claire Mierau - A Line of Mushrooms; 2nd - Ariana Paredes - The True You - Passion Flower; 3rd - Ekin Esmer - Pink Air Plant; Honorable Mention: Irvine Exantus - Dancing Beauty Berries; Shiara Desir - Salt Marsh Morning Glory; Ariana Paredes - Find Your Passion
Youth Landscapes: 1st - Iveline Exantus - Marsh Bend; 2nd - Vanestha Francois - Sky Reflections - Canal; 3rd - Jordyn Laurino - Fishing Pole by the Dock; Honorable Mention: Sophia Teutsch - Fishing Pier; Peaceful Day on the Marsh - Ariana Paredes; Claire Mierau - A Still Day - Cypress Swamp

The winning photographs are on display in the Visitor Center auditorium and available for sale. They can be viewed on our website at:

And yes, we will have all of the photos on our website, hopefully soon, so please be patient!

Sierra Club Loxahatchee Group: Challenges in Wildlife Filmmaking

Thursday, May 23, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Speaker: Tom Fitz, co-founder, Schoolyard Films
Location: Center for Spiritual Living, 2 SW 12th Ave, Boca Raton

Please join the Sierra Club Loxahatchee Group for their monthly meeting featuring Tom Fitz, American cameraman, producer, and director who has documented our planet's natural wonders for over 30 years. As a freelance photographer, Tom has worked for BBC, PBS, National Geographic, Discovery, and many others. He is the recipient of four Primetime Emmy Awards for cinematography and two for outstanding series. He is among a handful of cameramen who has worked in all seven continents and five oceans, including under the ice in our planet's polar regions and in submarines over a mile deep. In 2008, Tom co-founded Schoolyard Films, Inc., an educational non-profit that produces environmental films specifically designed for K-12 classroom use.

Light refreshments will be served. The meeting is free and open to the public.



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