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 reported since January 10, 2024!

To find out what to expect in this season, check out our Seasonal Nature Viewing Opportunities page. Click here to download a checklist of birds around the seasons.

Great Egret
Great Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron
Yellow Crowned Night Heron
White Ibis
Black Vulture and neslings
Turkey Vulture
Red-shouldered Hawk
Swallow-tailed Kite
Sandhill Crane
Mourning Dove
Common Ground Dove
Barred Owl
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Great-crested Flycatcher
White-eyed Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
REd-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
Tufted Titmouse
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Northern Mockingbird
Gray Catbird
Swamp Sparrow
Northern Parula
Black-and-White Warbler
Common Yellow-throat
Northern Cardinal
Painted Bunting
Indigo Bunting
Common Grackle
Boat-tailed Grackle

Ruddy Daggerwing
Zebra Longwing

Other Invertebrates:

Southeastern Lubber Grasshopper
Leaf-footed Bug
Okefenokee Fishing Spider

Reptiles and Amphibians:

Carolina Green Anole
Cuban Brown Anole
Banded Watersnake
Striped Mud Turtle
Florida Red-bellied Turtle
Pig Frog
Leopard Frog
Green Treefrog
Cuban Tree Treefrog
Southern Toad
Greenhouse Frog


Gray Squirrel
White-tailed Deer
River Otter
Hispid Cotton Rat
Black Bear and 2 cubs seen 4/8/24

Blooming Plants:

Pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata)
Swamp Lily  (Crinum americanum)
Lanceleaf Arrowhead  (Sagittaria lancifolia)
Chapman's Arrowhead (Sagittaria graminea var. chapmanii)
Narrowleaf Blue-Eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium angustifolium)
Elderberry (Sambucus nigra)
Virginia Sweetspire/Virginia Willow (Itea virginica)
Blue Mistflower (Conoclinium coelestinum)
Leavenworth's Tickseed (Coreopsis leavenworthii)
Carolina Climbing Aster  (Symphyotrichum carolinianum)
Purple Thistle (Cirsium horridulum)
Nuttall's Thistle (Cirsium nuttallii)
Moonflower/Tropical White Morning Glory  (Ipomoea alba)
Pale Meadowbeauty  (Rhexia mariana)
Chocolateweed (Melochia corchorifolia)
Beggartick  (Bidens alba)
Tropical Whiteweed (Ageratum conyzoides)
Fourleaf Vetch (Vicia acutifolia)
Hairypod Cowpea  (Vigna luteola)
Pursh's Milkpea (Galactia purshii)
Tassleflower (Emilia fosbergii) - not native
Cardinal Airplant/Stiff-Leaved Wild Pine (Tillandsia fasciculata)
Northern Needleleaf (Tillandsia balbisiana)
Southern Needleleaf (Tillandsia setacea)
Ballmoss (Tillandsia recurvata)
Spanish Moss (Tillandsia usneoides)
Dingy Flowered Star Orchid (Epidendrum amphistomum)
Clamshell Orchid (Prosthechea cochleata)
Delicate Ionopsis Orchid  (Ionopsis utricularioides)
Spring Ladiestresses Orchid (Spiranthes vernalis)
Leafless Beaked Ladiestresses (Sacoila lanceolata var. lanceolata)
Leafy Beaked Ladiestresses (Sacoila lanceolata var. paludicola)
Cowhorn Orchid/Cigar Orchid (Cyrtopodium punctatum)

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