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Address: Flamingo Visitor Center, Everglades National Park, FL 33034
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Pond excellent for viewing nature.

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On February 12th it was outstanding, but this event is very short term. Mosquitos!!!!

You must be here at dawn to see the large numbers of birds. The large numbers of birds are present only when the water depth in the pond is lower. On about February 12th (at dawn... read more

Reviewed 26 February 2017
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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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Clemson, South Carolina
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285 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017

We were warned by the park ranger that the smell was pretty bad (partly from human sewage) and that it was "pretty low" due to drought. Well, it reeked and was bone dry and had a lot of mosquitoes.

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244 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Not to many years ago this was a great spot for birders and photographers. Due to the drought this pond id nearly dry. On my most recent visit there were stilts on the east shore early in the morning. Midday it was empty. Late in the day there were two spoonbills on the west side of the island.

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Chicago, Illinois
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545 reviews
256 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 288 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2017

This trail was a little hard to find as there is no parking lot. We parked on the side of the road next to the trailhead. It's an easy, flat paved trail of 0.5 mi/800 m. We visited around 12:40pm on a Monday in March, and it was completely empty - we were the only people on the trail. We... More 

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Holland, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

This fresh water pool has a good viewing area directly off the entrance as well as a trail circling the pond which in various spots offers viewing of a wide variety of birds ranging from giant herons to small shore birds. We were fortunate to see a large group of spoonbills. Along the 1/2 mile trail a quiet walker will... More 

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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 26 February 2017

You must be here at dawn to see the large numbers of birds. The large numbers of birds are present only when the water depth in the pond is lower. On about February 12th (at dawn) the birds in large numbers where present at the Eco-pond. As a photographer, it was outstanding. By the time I write this review, this... More 

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Thank photoguywisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017

Ecopond hike is a bird watchers paradise. The hike is short and less than one mile. Take insect repellent, especially around sundown. There are many birds here such as reddish egrets, snowy egrets, tricolor herons, little blue herons, and several duck species.

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Thank George A
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Reviewed 24 January 2017

Unfortunately the salt intrusion from hurricane Wilma's storm surge have really destroyed what from all accounts was once an amazing place to observe tons of birds. Now the mosquitoes are very bad here, and the only birds I ever saw on three different days in early January were a couple of black necked stilts, an osprey, several turkey vultures, a... More 

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Thank Megan L
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016

Not a bird or animal to be found. Oh yeah, there were a ton of mosquitoes. Stinky too. Not worth the trip.

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Thank Dianelson
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244 reviews
141 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016

Eco Pond used to be one of the best spots for bird photographers in the park. The 2005 hurricanes destroyed most of the nesting trees in the area. I was there the second week of October and saw very few birds. Might be better in January or February

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Miami, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 256 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2016

I had visited this site many years ago while a guest at the now defunct Flamingo lodge and was eager to retrace my past footsteps. We started walking down the trail and were suddenly enveloped in swarms of mosquitoes from all directions. Their attack became so unbearable that we couldn't even continue taking another step forward and we made a... More 

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