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Geneva County Public Fishing Lake

The Geneva County Public Lakes are twin lakes on opposite sides of Geneva County Road 63. The east lake is very attractive and is surrounded by Longleaf Pine woodlands. This is an excellent spot for Bachman’s Sparrows, Ground Doves, Brown-headed Nuthatches, Pine and Prairie Warblers, Yellow-breasted Chats, and Eastern Towhees. The dense, wet tangles to the south could hold surprises, such as Painted Buntings. Look for nesting Mississippi Kites and Anhingas. Some waterfowl winter here. At present, the west lake is closed while it is in the process of restoration.

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Geneva State Forest

Geneva State Forest holds more than 7,000 acres of Longleaf Pine forest with a fire-maintained open under-story. The forest’s three sections are in various stages of growth and maturity, offering a variety of birding opportunities. The open understory is home to numerous Bachman’s Sparrows, and Mississippi Kites are fairly common nesting birds, as are Painted Buntings, Common Ground Doves, Anhingas, Common Moorhens, etc. There is a large fishing lake encircled by a dirt road. Overall, this is an excellent destination for pinewoods birds.

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Fowler Park, City of Geneva

Robert Fowler Memorial Park overlooks the junction of the Choctawhatchee and Pea rivers, and is home to the Constitution Oak, a Live Oak believed to be one of the oldest and largest trees in the state. A compact site that houses a surprising variety of habitats, Fowler Park is the best site in the county for woodland songbirds, grassland species, a few waders, and the possibility of Anhingas, Moorhens, and Purple Gallinules. The park includes a small cypress swamp, a number of enormous Live Oaks, and a long fencerow. Fowler Park is a great site for migrants in spring and fall and should prove a very productive site for wintering species. The park is open every day; admission is free.

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