Nature Trails**Please note - this preserve contains marshland and is very swampy at certain times of the year. That means be prepared for mosquitos when you visit**
Part of the Great Florida Birding Trail, Rotary Park has a rugged trail that is less than one mile long and passes through uplands & salt marshes. Possible wildlife sightings include gopher tortoises, alligators, snakes and a large variety of wading & migratory birds. At times, sections of this trail may be under water, particularly during the rainy season, so visitors should wear appropriate footwear.
Also at Rotary Park is a trail known as the Glover Bight Trail. This is a boardwalk, so it is wheelchair accessible; it passes through mangrove wetlands and ends at Glover Bight. Glover Bight is a broad area of oyster bars & shallow flats that is a good area to view wading birds, especially during low tide. Both trails have observation towers that people can climb to get a bird’s eye view of the area. (Note: as of 2011 the tower at Rotary Park is no longer open to the public...as of 2018, unfortunately, there has no meaningful progress on revamping or replacing the tower) A good time of day to come to the park is early in the morning. Walk quietly for the best chance to see wildlife. Please keep in mind these are nature trails so NO running, biking, or dogs are permitted on the trails.
Rotary Bird Sightings
The following are a list of bird species that have been spotted at Rotary Park. If you would like to add your sightings to the list please e-mail the information to: firstname.lastname@example.org:
|Common Moorhen||Great Egret||Wood Stork||Red-bellied Woodpecker|
|Snowy Egret||Bald Eagle||American Redstart||Black and White Warbler|
|Cedar Waxwing||Mallard Duck||Black Vulture||Red Shouldered Hawk|
|American Wigeon||Snowy Egret||Greater Yellowlegs||Downey Woodpecker|
|Mottled Duck||Cattle Egret||Lesser Yellowlegs||Pileated Woodpecker|
|Pied-billed Grebe||Double-crested Comorant||White Ibis||Common Ground-Dove|
|Blue-winged Teal||Anhinga||Osprey||Mourning Dove|
|Green-winged Teal||Little Blue Heron||Red-shouldered Hawk||Palm Warbler|
|Roseate Spoonbill||Great Blue Heron||Bald Eagle||Prairie Warbler|
|Blue-gray Gnatcatcher||Tri-colored Heron||Turkey Vulture||Yellow-rumped Warbler|
|Great Crested Flycatcher||Northern Cardinal||Black Vulture||Gray Catbird|
|Reddish Egret||Northern Mockingbird||Eastern Phoebe||Common Grackle|
|Common Gallinule||Laughing Gull||Yellow-throated Warbler||Brown Thrasher|
|American Coot||Belted Kingfisher||White Pelican||Purple Martin|
View Map of Rotary Park
Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve also has a boardwalk and a couple of great nature trails or click here to view all Walking & Nature Trails in Cape Coral.