There are two boardwalks at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn; the Oyster Alley Boardwalk and the Osprey Outlook Boardwalk.
The boardwalks go out over the Salt Marsh through the Smooth Cord Grass. It can grow in salt water. Closer to shore Black Needle Rush can grow where there is fresh water runoff.
The Salt Marsh is flooded by the tides every day, then the tide goes back out leaving the mud. There are information signs all along explaining the environment and habitat.
Signs help to identify the different things you see, hear, and smell.
The information boards explain that the water is green because of all the phytoplankton. When we come in the winter, the water is clear.
We saw a lot of wading birds, but most were too distant to get good photos. You can see great egrets, blue herons, little blue herons and yellow crowned night herons from the boardwalks.
The Osprey Outlook Floating Dock goes into the main channel of Jarvis Creek.
The line of trees past the Oyster Alley Boardwalk is the old Spanish Wells Road.
Oyster Alley Boardwalk
The Oyster Alley Boardwalk goes out to a cover area. It was good to get out of the sun. It was really hot! There are information boards all about oysters. Did you know they filter from 13 to 30 gallons of water a day?
If you look down into the mud, you see all kinds of things moving. These muddy snails were right by the sign identifying them.
Eastern Mud Snail
Black as the marsh mud it inhabits, this tiny scavenger feeds on algae. As many as 10 million mud snails live on an acre of marsh.