Florida Keys and the Dry Tortugas National Park

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In
addition to visiting South Florida we also ventured down to the Florida Keys. Below are some images from the tour. We hope you enjoy them!

The Florida Key Deer is an endangered sub-species of the
White-Tailed Deer and is about the size of a large dog.


Key Deer road kill sign.


Green Iguana's which were once pets roam the Keys.


Southern most point in the Continental US in Key West.


Dry Tortugas National Park consists of a group of islands approximately
70 miles west of Key West in the Gulf of Mexico. The largest island Grassy
Key is home to Fort Jefferson.



Fort Jefferson is a large and unfinished fortress which was active
throughout the Civil War protecting the US from foreign invaders.



As the name implies the island is dry of any fresh water and the
surrounding ocean is home to many sea turtles which sailors use to
take on ship and eat.


The surrounding islands to Grassy Key are home to
breeding colonies of Magnificent Frigatebirds.


The fort is surrounded by a moat.


Archways are present throughout the fort. Align Center


The Dry Tortugas National Park is a hot spot for birding,
especially during the spring migration when upwards of 90+
species can be observed in as little as an hour and a half.
Caribbean species are also known to show up on an annual basis.



Shorebirds like these Black-Bellied Plovers can be observed on the
beaches throughout the fort. Brown Boobies and Masked Boobies
can also be observed on nearby islands.


Historic Key West seaport.

Happy birding!


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