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 November 9, 2021! 



Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

Blue-winged Teal

Common Ground Dove

Mourning Dove

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Common Gallinule

Purple Gallinule



Wood Stork

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Little Blue Heron

Tricolored Heron

Cattle Egret

Green Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron

White Ibis

Black and Turkey Vultures


Cooper's Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

Short-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Barred Owl 

Belted Kingfisher

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Pileated Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Eastern Wood-Pewee

American Kestrel

Eastern Phoebe

Great Crested Flycatcher

White-eyed Vireo

Yellow-throated Vireo

Blue-headed Vireo

Blue Jay

Tufted Titmouse

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Tree Swallow

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Brown-headed Nuthatch

Carolina Wren

House Wren

Marsh Wren

Northern Mockingbird

Gray Catbird

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Swainson's Thrush

American Goldfinch

Swamp Sparrow

Northern Waterthrush

Tennessee Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Black-and-White Warbler

Bay-Breasted Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Northern Parula

American Redstart

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Palm Warbler

Pine Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-throated Warbler

Prairie Warbler

Summer Tanager

Painted Bunting

Indigo Bunting 

Northern Cardinal

Red-winged Blackbird

Common Grackle

Boat-tailed Grackle

American Crow


Zebra Longwing

Cloudless Sulfur

Gulf Fritillary

Ruddy Daggerwing

Pearl Crescent

Phaon Cresent

Long-tailed Skipper

Brazilian Skipper


Reptiles and Amphibians:

Carolina Green Anole

Cuban Brown Anole

Yellow Rat Snake

Diamondback Rattlesnake


Florida Red-bellied Turtle

Green Treefrog

Pig Frog



Florida Black Bear last sighting on  9/27/21

Florida Panther  last sighting on 10/12/21

River Otter


Gray Squirrel

Cottontail Rabbit

Marsh Rabbit


Blooming Plants:

Starrush Whitetop/White-topped Sedge (Rhynchospora colorata)

Saltmarsh/Everglades Morning Glory  (Ipomoea sagittata)

Water Dropwort/Water Cowbane  (Oxypolis filiformis)

Pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata)

Alligatorflag/Fireflag  (Thalia geniculata)

Bretonica Peluda  (Melochia spicata)

Four-petal St. John's-wort  (Hypericum tetrapetalum)

Swamp Lily  (Crinum americanum)

Lanceleaf Arrowhead (Sagittaria lancifolia)

Chapman's Arrowhead  (Sagittaria graminea var. chapmanii)

Blue Mistflower  (Conoclinium coelestinum)

Beggartick  (Bidens alba)

Rosy Camphorweed  ( Pluchea baccharis)

Muhly Grass  (Muhlenbergia capillaris)

Elliott's Aster  (Symphyotrichum elliottii)

Bushy Aster  (Symphyotrichum dumosum)

Jingle Bell Orchid, or Needleroot Orchid (Dendrophylax porrectus)

Wild Coco Orchid  (Eulophia alta) - a terrestrial species, grows in the pine flatwoods

Florida Clamshell Orchid (Prosthechea cochleata)

Toothed Rein Orchid  (Habenaria floribunda)  - a terristrial species, grows in the pine flatwoods and on raised surfaces in the swamp

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