From staff reports
For those who were worried, the experts were right. The wildlife is definitely living it up in Port Royal’s Cypress Wetlands, once again.
The Town of Port Royal lowered the water level in the fall to remove excess vegetation and excavate to restore depth around the existing islands. While that work went on, the trails in around the wetlands were closed and many visitors – and animals – had to enjoy nature elsewhere.
With the water level back to normal in the new year, the many species of wildlife that call the wetlands home are out and about once again.
According to the town’s website, numerous species of birds, including herons, hawks, eagles, owls, falcons, geese, ducks, and other migratory waterfowl, call the wetlands home, as do alligators, turtles, and snakes, … even when you can’t see them.
Above: Canadian goose in the Cypress Wetlands. Photo by Bob Sofaly