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  The Prairie of Christian Point Trail
by KimberlyAnn

This small dirt path begins in dense buttonwoods full of airplane plants and ends in open coastal prairie along the shores of Snake Bight Bay. The trail travels one way for 1.8 miles to the shores of Snake Bight. The trail just stops at the shore, and mangroves surrounded the ending point so that you cannot walk along the shore. A variety of birds were in the water including brown pelicans, great blue herons and American coots. The walk is an interesting one even if there had been no birds at the end of the trail. This is the only area where I saw a few tall spindly cacti that leaned against, then hung over low tree branches. If there were no nearby trees or bushes they just finally reached a breaking point and the top snapped off, as it could not support itself. I also spotted one prickly pear cactus. Little brown lizards scurried about, and one puffed out his throat to attract a female and mark his territory. The succulents in the meadow had red tops along one area giving it a fall like color. In another area a few sun bleached dead white tree skeletons reached for the sky, breaking the flatness of the sea of low succulent plants. Large, bright copper colored dragonflies flitted here and there across the prairie. In one area thousands of dragonflies had settled on the tops of the prairie plants far out into the distance making it sparkle with bright copper glints. At the buttonwood and prairie edge there was a location on the prairie where many spiders had built webs across the top of the prairie forming a glossy webbing across the plains. This is good habitat for raptors, so watch for them. Be sure to carry water on this hike as there is a long stretch of succulent prairie and if it is a sunny day with no wind it can be very hot.

Directions: Christian Point Trail is located northeast of the Flamingo Visitor Center, just past Bear Lake Road on the right side of the road as you head northeast toward the park entrance.

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  • Updated Feb 17, 2006
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