Green Cay Wetlands in Boynton Beach can, on its own merit, easily make the Telephoto Florida Top Ten List of birding sites in Florida. When combined with its sister site, the equally impressive Wakodahatchee Wetlands, just two miles to the east, these two locations are hard to beat. Given their proximity, they are a same day must see for any nature loving, bird watcher headed to South Florida.
Green Cay Wetlands and Nature Center is a water reclamation facility constructed in 2003. It opened in 2004 and is built around 100 acres of donated farmland. The facility filters millions of gallons of water each day and has become a haven for birds. The 1.5 mile boardwalk system and nature center is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike.
Green Cay Wetlands and Nature Center is located at 12800 Hagen Ranch Road, Boynton Beach, Florida 33437. When in the area be sure to jog over to Wakodahatchee Wetlands to complete a full day of prime south Florida birding.
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The birds at Green Cay Wetlands are accustomed to human traffic so visitors can get quite close. In the spring many species nest here and the park becomes a beehive of activity during migration. In addition to the 140 bird species counted here, one can see rabbits, bobcats, alligators, otters and iguanas. The plant life is rather exotic as well, including sabal palm, live oak, bald cypress, red maple, pickerelweed, royal palm, duckweed, and giant bulrush.
The park is open from 7:00 am to sunset, but the nature center is only open Wednesday through Saturday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Mornings and evenings are the best time of day. There is some open area of direct sun although strategically placed gazebos offer some relief.