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Harbour Ridge Is A Community
Dedicated To The Preservation Of Nature

Residents Enjoy A Lifestyle Filled With An Abundance Of Nature

Over 75% Of Harbour Ridge Is “GREEN”
40% Has Been Retained In Its Natural State
2 Championship Golf Courses Are Audubon Endorsed
Award Winning Nature Walk Along The St. Lucie River


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The Eagles Were The First
To Inhabit Harbour Ridge
& They Are Still Present!

Honors & Awards include: 

Aurora Award
for Residential Development

Fame Awards
for overall Development
and Architecture 

FNGA
Landscape Award of Excellence

With 25 Undeveloped Acres In The Heart Of The Community
Harbour Ridge Is Dedicated To Nature & In A Class By Itself!


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The natural beauty of Harbour Ridge includes pristine wetland, oak hammocks, and a natural lake one mile in length all of which are peacefully co-inhabited by man, nature and an abundance of wild life.

Hawk Nest With Babies!


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Harbour Ridge – A Place Of Timeless Values

Where A Deep Connection With Nature Is Cherished By All

Join The Harbour Ridge “Birders”
All Photos Were Taken By Members!

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The Harbour Ridge Eagle


Photographed By A Member


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Eagle is our logo but this magnificent animal is aloof. The Sandhill Cranes are our friends and neighbors.
Each spring as sets of new babies are born, the community stands in awe of these magnificent creatures.

So many birds. So little time!


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It was a rare rainy day in Florida but a perfect day for watching nature!
Red Shoulder Hawk – photo taken through our dining room window!

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Also present this day was the Black-bellied Whistling Duck, an unusual species among North American waterfowl.  As the name implies, these are noisy birds with a clear whistling waa-chooocall.  A striking and gregarious duck of the Neotropics, the Black-bellied Whistling-Duck reaches the United States only in the very southern parts. Its long neck, long legs, black belly, and white wing patch make it a distinctive-looking waterfowl.

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The old adage, “Time really flies when you’re having fun,” is never truer than here at Harbour Ridge.   This has been an exceptional season for birds.   Even with semi-drought conditions, we’ve found something exciting each time we’ve walked the campus. From nesting Owls, Ospreys, and Blue Herons to another batch of Sandhill chicks to hundreds of Lesser Scaups on the river, Harbour Ridge birdlife continues to delight and amaze.   We’ve seen an unprecedented number of hawks; warblers swarm our Bottlebrush trees like bees; and those ubiquitous “white” birds have become almost boring to see.

If you saw our parade of golf carts going out on Monday afternoons, you know we had wonderful participation for our walks.   In addition this year, thirty-four of us made the trip up to St. Augustine for birding sites there (and golf and outlets!).   We plan even bigger things for next year and we hope you’ll join us.   Mike Henderson will be taking over as President, and he has exciting ideas for the year.

When we return in the Fall, our Rookery Birding Path will be in place.   This year, our Rookery was home to a pair of Purple Gallinules, a truly spectacular (and rare) cousin of the Common Moorhen.

Have a wonderful summer-even if you’re away from Harbour Ridge-and enjoy all the birds you see.

                                                                                                Katharine Senn


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To Show Just A Few!

The Following Photos Were Taken By A Wildlife Photographer & Harbour Ridge Member Dennis Kerrigan.

There Is Nothing Like Nature!


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BOBCATS are reclusive and not often seen. They normally do not want to be near people.  Bobcats in Florida are neither rare nor endangered, as a limited bobcat season exists statewide. Their density runs as high as 80 individuals per 100 square miles. But they are reclusive creatures. The bobcats tend to stay out of the developed areas, but they often aren’t far away.

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According to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) regional public information director Joy Hill, “Most people living in Florida will never see one.” Weighing in at less than 35 pounds, the average bobcat sticks to a territory of between five and six square miles. Primarily hunting at night, they track down rabbits, rats and other small mammals along with small birds.

Florida Bobcats are about 2 1/2 to 3 feet in length and weigh about 15-20 pounds. They have fairly large heads, long pointed ears and ruffs around their necks. The tails are black, tipped with white and are about six inches long. Their fur color is from light gray to reddish or yellowish brown, and markings vary from tabby stripes to spotting. The spots on their coats are for camouflage. Their color and weight will vary depending on where the Bobcats live and what it eats. Bobcats have large retractable claws. They also have good eye sight and smell for hunting.


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Dennis Kerrigan – Photo #1 & #2


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MELANISTIC – derived from melanin, a dark colored skin and hair pigment. In cats, melanism results in the fur of the animal being very dark or black in color. In many cases the usual markings of the animal can be faintly seen through the dark fur, especially at certain angles in bright sunlight. Melanistic cats are commonly born into mixed litters along with normally colored siblings.  Don’t be afraid, he is cute and harmless.  (Dennis Kerrigan)

Harbour Ridge History Lesson

THE FLORIDA PANTHER is one of the critically endangered species in the world. Only forty or so live in the wild today.  The developer of Harbour Ridge, John Dodge, said the panther was here when he first broke ground.   Recently, many members have spotted a large cat, 70 +,- lbs with a long tail – is it the reclusive panther, only the cat knows for sure!


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Deer

This photo was taken
from my dining room window,
the deer were in the Marsh
during a dry spell. 


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Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club

Combining Today’s Lifestyle

With Nature