Circle B Bar Reserve, Lakeland

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The Circle B Bar Reserve is an area of protected lands in Polk County, Florida. Comprising 1267acre at 4399 Winter Lake Road (SR 540) near Lakeland, Florida, the area is managed by the Polk County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). It is jointly owned by the BOCC and the Southwest Florida Water Management District.Polk's Nature Discovery Center, completed in 2008, features interactive displays about the plants, animals and ecosystems of the reserve. The center serves as the focus of environmental education programs and explorations for families, school groups, teachers, adults and other visitors.Circle B Bar Reserve is named after the cattle ranch that once occupied the site. It was purchased to help maintain the Banana Creek marsh area. The preserve is home to an impressive array of birds such as white ibis, roseate spoonbills, sandhill cranes and bald eagles along with other wildlife like alligators, bobcats, snakes, gray squirrels, river otters and wild hogs. It underwent a wetland restoration effort.
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  • No matter where you start on the trails, you will have ample space of your very own- flatwoods, wetlands, and a little upland as well. Depending on the time day and season, parking is at a premium at ...  more »
  • For years my friends have been telling me to go to Circle B. Today we decided to go for it. Beautiful weather and tons of wildlife. Alligator Alley was closed but that was for safety reasons so no nee...  more »
  • Circle B is by far one of the most accessible birding places in the country. No matter what time of year wildlife abounds. It is great for the casual visitor or serious birder. I go anytime I am in th...  more »

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