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The Cypress Island Preserve is a year-round birders paradise. In late January, observe thousands of great egrets, little blue herons, white ibis and roseate spoonbills that arrive for nesting season in the rookery. Spring and summer bring barred and great horned owls, and rusty blackbirds fly here in winter. Take the 2.5-mile walking trail that skirts one side of Lake Martin to observe birds, alligators and amphibians amid their cypress-tupelo swamp and bottomland hardwood forest habitat. The trail is closed between June and October for alligator nesting season, but there are other trails including the Boardwalk Loop. Rookery Road travels around the opposite side of the lake, and a slow drive offers many wildlife sighting opportunities.
Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
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