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The city-owned park named Blue Cypress in the Arlington section of Jacksonville was at one time a local 18-hole golf course for the Edenfield River Estates development. Because the park is located in an environmentally sensitive area, plans were developed to reduce the course to a 9-hole golf course and use the remaining area for a natural, resourced-based public outdoor recreation site.
Blue Cypress Park features lots of ponds and wooded areas, with good chances to see a variety of species, including Eastern Bluebird, White Ibis, American Kestrel, a variety of woodpeckers, and possibly some migrating warblers.
This is a great field trip for novice birders.
Meet in the parking lot near the public restrooms (just south of the tennis courts).
Directions: Go north on University Blvd past Jacksonville University and Blue Cypress Park. Turn left at the second entrance into the park. No fee.