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Prairie Fire

Winter is a fantastic time to visit Myakka River State Park. This time of year, offers some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities for most visitors. Stunning displays of ducks and wading birds are a rewarding experience. Groups of hundreds of white pelicans are seen daily in the lakes and flamboyant roseate spoonbills and black bellied whistling ducks are common in wetlands and the lake edges.

Behind the scenes there is exciting work being done to maintain and restore the park’s natural resources. Areas such as imperiled Florida dry prairie known for its stunning diverse herbaceous groundcover and flatwoods with stately pine trees dominate the Myakka landscape. Through partnerships with other agencies and hard work being done by contractors much has been accomplished such as invasive plant control and mechanical vegetation treatments.

As we approach the spring season this is known as a time for naturally occurring fire in Florida’s ecosystems. Park staff will be conducting prescribed burns to mimic this natural cycle to benefit native plants and animals that call Myakka home.