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Remains of a settlement along Tomoka 

 

  • Archaeological Resources

    The Tomoka area has important archaeological and historic resources. Nineteen prehistoric sites are located near the preserve, including the remains of the Timucuan village Nocoroco located at Tomoka State Park and the remains of plantations at Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park.
 Cabbage palms

 

  • Natural Communities

    The most extensive natural community in Tomoka Marsh Aquatic Preserve is salt marsh which comprises approximately 40 percent of the preserve. The preserve also supports tidal flats, algal beds, seagrasses and open water communities.
Flying birds

Gulls and a brown pelican

  • Wildlife

    The Halifax River and Smith Creek are an important travel corridor for the endangered West Indian manatee. The Tomoka River and its downstream tributaries are especially significant to the slow-moving manatees as quiet places to eat, rest, drink fresh water, mate and give birth. The Tomoka River system was the site of the first documented manatee birth in the wild. The Tomoka River and its tributaries Strickland, Thomson and Dodson Creek are designated as a Manatee Sanctuary and are used by manatee during the summer months. Other listed species that utilize the aquatic preserve include wood stork, bald eagle, snowy egret and Atlantic salt marsh snake.

 

Last updated: October 31, 2016

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