The "Goat Trees," located near Shell Mound Park, are ancient oak trees with limbs reaching out as far as 50 feet from the trunk and almost parallel to the ground. According to legend, these trees served as shelter for the island's wild goats that climbed the trees at night so they could rest protected from roaming alligators.
Listed in the National Wetlands Inventory, these lots host many of the warblers, vireos, and gnatcatchers that visit the island. DIBS purchased these four lots in 2002 and did some minimal clearing lo open the dense underbrush for birds and birders. It is now a habitat protected in perpetuity.