Sanctuary Sightings

Catch up on what's been seen by staff and visitors.

Visitors and staff observe flora and fauna from the boardwalk on a daily basis. Below are some of the highlights since May 5, 2022! 



Wood Duck

Common Ground Dove

Mourning Dove



Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Little Blue Heron

Tricolored Heron

Green Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron

Yelllow-crowned Night Heron

White Ibis

Roseate Spoonbill

Black and Turkey Vultures


Swallow-tailed Kite

Red-shouldered Hawk

Barred Owl 

Pileated Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Great Crested Flycatcher

White-eyed Vireo

Blue Jay

American Crow

Fish Crow

Tufted Titmouse

Brown-headed Nuthatch

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Carolina Wren

Gray Catbird

Northern Mockingbird

Cedar Waxwing

Black-and-White Warbler

Northern Parula

American Redstart

Pine Warbler

Northern Cardinal

Common Grackle

Boat-tailed Grackle


Zebra Longwing

Gulf Fritillary

Ruddy Daggerwing

Phaon Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Giant Swallowtail

Palamedes Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

White Peacock


Reptiles and Amphibians:

Carolina Green Anole

Cuban Brown Anole


Florida Red-bellied Turtle

Soft-shelled Turtle

Green Treefrog

Pig Frog

Leopard Frog

Cuban Tree Treefrog

Greenhouse Frog


Florida Black Bear last sighting on  11/23/21

Florida Panther  last sighting on 3/14/22

Bobcat    last sighting on 5/2/22

River Otter


Gray Squirrel

Cottontail Rabbit


Blooming Plants:

Pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata)

Swamp Lily  (Crinum americanum)

Lanceleaf Arrowhead (Sagittaria lancifolia)

Chapman's Arrowhead  (Sagittaria graminea var. chapmanii)

Beggartick  (Bidens alba)

Blue-eyed Grass  (Sisyrinchium angustifolium)

Dingy-flowered Star Orchid (Epidendrum amphistomum)

Blackeyed Susan  (Rudbeckia hirta)

Nuttall's Thistle (Cirsium nuttallii)

Purple Thistle (Cirsium horridulum)

American Bluehearts (Buchnera americana)

Leavonworth's Tickseed (Coreopsis leavenworthii)

Atlantic St. John's-Wort  (Hypericum tenuifolium)

Four Petal St. John's-Wort  (Hypericum tetrapetalum)

Northern Needleleaf (Tillandsia balbisiana)

Ball Moss  (Tillandsia recurvata)

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