Zealandia

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A photogenic kakariki (parakeet) at Zealandia in Wellington

I visited Wellington for a long weekend and a major highlight was Zealandia, a 555-acre conservation project up in the hills. There are tons of bird species and several kilometers worth of walking tracks to explore. Though the center of the site can get quite busy, if you walk far enough you’ll feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere and you’ve gone back in time. The sanctuary is surrounded by a fence to keep out predators. I saw the following bird species: hihi, bush pigeons, kakariki, brown teal ducks, and blackbirds, among others.

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Green Cay Nature Preserve

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Green Cay Nature Preserve

Green Cay is a gorgeous preserve in Palm Beach County, Florida. There is a 1.5 mile elevated boardwalk around the swamplands and you can view an abundance of birdlife and other animals. There is also an educational center where you can learn about the habitat and preservation work being done. If the season is right, you might even see an alligator.

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Hiking in National Park Tara

A view of National Park Tara from the Crnjeskovo viewpoint

A view of National Park Tara from the Crnjeskovo viewpoint

National Park Tara is a nearly 50,000 acre mountainous hiking and camping spot near the Bosnian border. I spent two days staying at Hotel Omorika (about 17 euro for a single room a night and includes breakfast and dinner) at the edge of the park and went on a few lovely hikes. I saw a fire salamander, great views of the gorges in the area, and loads of gorgeous flowers.

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