Bagdad in Santa Rosa County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Animals Along the Blackwater River
When William Bartram rode on horseback through the upper Florida peninsula in 1744, much of his journey was through longleaf pine forests. The landscape of the peninsula has changed since this exploratory journey, and many animal species native to the region have disappeared. No longer can you hear the howl of the red wolf and the red-cockaded woodpecker is endangered. A number of other species, from the pine snake to the gopher tortoise, are threatened. Many of these animals depended on the rich forest ecosystem for sustenance. You still can encounter many animals on the Blackwater River, notably various bird species. A casual visitor might see on any given day red-winged blackbirds, great blue herons, red-shouldered hawks, red-tailed hawks, the great egret, the belted kingfisher, the little blue heron, reddish egret, snowy egret, tri-colored heron, American kestrel, Mississippi kite, osprey and the barred owl. Preserving the Blackwater River will ensure that future generations can enjoy the beauty of nature.
Left: White Heron or egret, quite rare in this area
Right, top: Bald eagle
Right, bottom: Cottonmouth moccasin
Erected 2016 by Bagdad Waterfronts Florida Partnership, Inc.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Horticulture & Forestry • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1744.
Location. 30° 36.33′ N, 87° 1.972′ W. Marker is in Bagdad, Florida, in Santa Rosa County. Marker can be reached from Main Street, 0.1 miles east of Forsyth Street. Located within the Bagdad Mill Site Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6953 Main Street, Bagdad FL 32530, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bagdad After the Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (within shouting distance of this marker); Working for the Company (within shouting distance of this marker); The Architecture of Bagdad (within shouting distance of this marker); Bagdad Mill Site Park (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A New Century (about 400 feet away); The Longleaf Pine (about 400 feet away); Bagdad Lumber Mill / Shipbuilding at Bagdad (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bagdad.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 20, 2018. It was originally submitted on December 8, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 397 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 8, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.