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Thousands of Ducks in Saint Marks National Wildlife Refuge

It’s an easy drive from Apalachicola, and we also have an agenda; we remember a particularly good barbecue restaurant not far from Saint Marks.

The drive is beautiful. It is still early, but getting toward mid-morning, so it is warming up. We are dressed for the cold; it is also windy so the chill just goes right through your clothes. You have to have a lot of clothes, in layers, or you are too cold to walk.

We stop on the way so I can take a photo.

As I step out of the car, and start walking on the grassy roadside toward the bulkhead, I suddenly step into a deep hole. The grass is just a cover, and the ground underneath is eroding. I managed to stay upright, but it was awkward.

That’s where I stepped.

Saint Marks had a couple heron, an egret here and there, a couple pelican, the St. Mark’s lighthouse, and a million ducks. If you have never read Jeff Vandermeer’s Southern Reach Book Series, this is the area and lighthouse I picture when we first enter the alternate world in Annihilation.

We walked a couple miles around the various ponds, and it is hard to envision just how many ducks there are in this protected area.

We found gardens of these empty oyster shells; they were beautiful.

We are happy with our walk, but we are cold, and we are getting hungry! On the way into the park, we passed the BBQ restaurant and it is open. Off we go.

February 4, 2021 - Posted by | Adventure, Beauty, Birds, Exercise, Geography / Maps, Road Trips, Travel |


  1. so, ducks control Saint Marks refuge eheh thanks for sharing, nice photos! cheers from Portugal 🙂 PedroL

    Comment by PedroL | February 4, 2021 | Reply

    • Pedro, when you come to Florida, come to see some of these fabulous natural areas. Florida is famous for so many man-made attractions, but the real glory is the parks and backroads. Think this panhandle, and Apalachicola and Myakka with its thousands of alligators, and the Keys. Thanks for your visit and your comment.

      Comment by intlxpatr | February 4, 2021 | Reply

      • ahah alligators seems like an adventure to me 🙂 thanks for the feedback 🙂 PedroL

        Comment by PedroL | February 4, 2021

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