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Black Point Wildlife Drive, Canaveral National Seashore, SR 402, East of Titusville, Year-round. Would you a birder be? You say you want to get your feet wet in this bird business without getting your feet wet? You want an outdoor adventure with all of the convenience of a drive-by shooting? I've got a hot tip for you. Go east till your hat floats and then back up 40 paces. (So much for the dry socks.) Over on the space coast just north of Cape Kennedy sits the Canaveral National Seashore and its bosom buddy, the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. There the Black Point Wildlife Drive offers a self-guiding subtropical excursion. Bald Eagles, wood storks, glossy and white ibises, various herons from Great Blue to Little Green, anhingas and egrets, ducks, grebes, coots and songbirds cavort. On rare occasions, a roseate spoonbill will do its pink thing. Big ole gators bask on the banks and if you are quietly observant a bobcat may appear in the mist and fade like an interrupted dream. More than 310 species of birds, 25 mammals, 117 fishes and 65 amphibians and reptiles call this place "Home." All ths from the comfort of your car. Take binoculars and a field guide to make the most of your journey. Migratory species and cool temps make winter the season of choice. After busy birdy morning you may be ready to stick a toe in the drink. Wander back over the dunes to Playalinda Beach, most famous for it's distal north end where naturists run amuck naked as jays. But the south beach is more adorably wholesome than a TV angel and great for a walk, a swim or a bake-until-done soalr exposure. Good stuff. Cheep!

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