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 July 27, 2022! 



Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

Common Ground Dove

Mourning Dove



Great Egret

White Ibis

Little Blue Heron

Black and Turkey Vultures

Red-shouldered Hawk

Barred Owl 

Pileated Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Great Crested Flycatcher

White-eyed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Blue Jay

Tufted Titmouse

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Brown-headed Nuthatch

Carolina Wren

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Parula

Louisiana Waterthrush

Black-and-White Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Northern Cardinal

Common Grackle

Boat-tailed Grackle


Zebra Longwing

Gulf Fritillary

Ruddy Daggerwing

Phaon Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Giant Swallowtail

Tiger Swallowtail

Palamedes Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

White Peacock

Tropical Checkered Skipper

Dainty Sulphur

Least Skipper

Brazillian Skipper


Reptiles and Amphibians:

Carolina Green Anole

Cuban Brown Anole


Florida Red-bellied Turtle

Soft-shelled Turtle

Peninsula Ribbon Snake

Ring-necked Snake

Red Rat Snake/Corn Snake

Yellow Rat Snake

Green Treefrog

Pig Frog

Leopard Frog

Cuban Tree Treefrog

Greenhouse Frog

Green Treefrog

Narrow-mouthed Frog

Cricket Treefrog


Florida Black Bear last sighting on  7/26/22

Florida Panther  last sighting on 3/14/22

Bobcat    last sighting on 5/2/22

River Otter


Gray Squirrel

Cottontail Rabbit

Marsh Rabbit


Blooming Plants:

Pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata)

Swamp Lily  (Crinum americanum)

Lanceleaf Arrowhead (Sagittaria lancifolia)

Scarlet Rosemallow  (Hibiscus coccineus)

Swamp Rosemallow (Hibiscus grandiflorus)

Beggartick  (Bidens alba)

Dingy-flowered Star Orchid (Epidendrum amphistomum)

Ghost Orchid   (Dendrophylax lindenii)

Yellow Helmet Orchid / Greater Yellowspike Orchid  (Polystachya concreta)

Florida Star Orchid  (Epidendrum floridense)

Blackeyed Susan  (Rudbeckia hirta)

Leavonworth's Tickseed (Coreopsis leavenworthii)

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

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

Northern Needleleaf (Tillandsia balbisiana)

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