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Felts Audubon Preserve

Felts Audubon Preserve

Discover the charm of FELTS AUDUBON PRESERVE, a captivating 28-acre expanse nestled in Palmetto. Initially, this land was fertile farmland, and in 2002, it found a new purpose when it was generously donated to the Manatee County Audubon Society. Today, the Manatee County Audubon Society oversees the preserve through a recently established conservation easement, ensuring its protection as a natural haven indefinitely.

Traverse over a mile of footpaths, primarily consisting of mowed grass (please note that wheelchair accessibility may be limited), leading you through a diverse landscape of covered bird blinds, uplands, pine flatwoods, ponds, wetlands, and meadows—each a magnet for migratory and nesting birds. The preserve welcomes visitors every day, from sunrise to sunset.

To access the preserve, park along the road shoulder of 24th Avenue E (also known as Oakhurst Road) and embark on your journey through the pedestrian entrance.

Immerse yourself further in the beauty of Felts Audubon Preserve by attending the monthly “Open House” on the first Saturday of each month, running from October to April, between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Join a Guided Bird Walk, led by a knowledgeable Bird Naturalist, at 9:00 a.m. Meet at the entrance gate of the front parking lot for this enriching experience. Portable restrooms are conveniently situated near the shed, ensuring your comfort during your visit. Best of all, there is no admission fee, inviting all nature enthusiasts to explore and appreciate the wonders of Felts Audubon Preserve.

A Must-See at the Preserve: 

  • The bird blind offers visitors an exceptional chance for close-up observation and photography of the diverse species drawn to the numerous feeders. In migration and winter, keep an eye out for the highly sought-after Indigo and Painted Bunting, frequent visitors to the blind.
  • Don’t forget to explore the nesting boxes for Eastern Bluebirds!

Birds you may encounter while visiting: 

eBird 194 species recorded

  • Great Horned Owl
  • Pileated Woodpecker 
  • Indigo Buntings
  • Painted Buntings
  • Thrushes 
  • Warblers
  • Vireos
  • Herons 
  • Egrets
  • Ducks
  • Eastern Blue Birds



Address: 4600 24th Ave E, Palmetto, FL 34221
GPS Coordinates: 27.555106, -82.539160

Rules & Regulations

Dogs are not permitted and are not allowed within this conservation property.

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4600 24th Ave E, Palmetto, FL 34221

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