Important Bird Areas

Turkey Creek Sanctuary

Florida

Brevard County
138 acres (55 hectares)

In the city of Palm Bay, in southern Brevard County, approximately 2 miles (3.6 km) inland of the Indian River.

A small park surrounded by residential development. The Sanctuary receives 25,000 recreationists annually.

Ornithological Summary

Exceptional diversity and numbers of Neotropical migrants; and significant natural habitats

Turkey Creek Sanctuary supports an exceptional diversity of Neotropical migrants, especially wood-warblers, primarily in fall.

Conservation Issues

exotic plants, habitat succession

The Sanctuary is surrounded by residential development, which makes prescribed burning of fire-dependent habitats dangerous. Mechanical treatment is used as a substitute ? Exotic plants are controlled by park staff and volunteers.

Ownership

City of Palm Bay and Audubon of Florida

Habitat

*temperate hammock, sand pine scrub, fields, riverine

Land Use

*recreation, conservation, environmental education

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