Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, along with the Phinizy Swamp Wildlife Management Area, has been designated a “Global Important Bird Area” by the Audubon Society. This designation was the result of years of careful bird censuses by both state and wildlife departments and local Audubon members documenting the high diversity of birds in this area. On any given day at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, birders are sure to catch glimpses of an astonishing array of song birds, wading birds, birds of prey, waterfowl, and many other types of birds — making the Nature Park the perfect place for birding enthusiasts to wander! The Nature Park also offers occasional bird walks so novice birders can join the fun.
Birds and plants are certainly not the only wildlife the Nature Park has to offer, although they are the species you are most likely to see! There are elusive invertebrates, fish, reptiles and amphibians, and mammals that provide fascinating encounters for the patient (and quiet) visitor. Our current list contains only those species that Nature Park staff and volunteers have positively confirmed over the last few years, and no fish are included (yet). Pay special attention to the areas around Butler Creek – you will be happy you did!
Botanical diversity at the Nature Park rivals that of our bird diversity! The Nature Park encompasses a wide variety of habitats, ensuring sightings of everything from stately cypress and oaks, to colorful wildflowers, to epiphytes, to our many wetland species. We are in the first stages of assessing and recording the plant diversity at the Nature Park, so the list below is currently under revision. If you have any additions or corrections to the list (particularly in the non-vascular category), we would be happy to hear from you!