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 October 27, 2022! 



Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

Common Ground Dove

Mourning Dove

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Ruby-throated Hummingbird



American Bittern

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Cattle Egret

Little Blue Heron

Green Heron

White Ibis

Black and Turkey Vultures

Common Nighthawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

Short-tailed Hawk

Barred Owl 

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Great Crested Flycatcher

White-eyed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Blue-headed Vireo

Blue Jay

Tufted Titmouse

Brown-headed Nuthatch

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Carolina Wren

House Wren

Northern Mockingbird

Brown Thrasher


Northern Waterthrush

Black-and-White Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

American Redstart

Northern Parula

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Pine Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Yellow - throated Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Prairie Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Summer Tanager

Northern Cardinal

Painted Bunting 

Indigo Bunting

American Crow

Red-Winged Blackbird

Common Grackle

Boat-tailed Grackle


Zebra Longwing

Gulf Fritillary

Ruddy Daggerwing

Phaon Crescent

Giant Swallowtail

Palamedes Swallowtail

White Peacock

Least Skipper

Brazillian Skipper


Reptiles and Amphibians:

Carolina Green Anole

Cuban Brown Anole


Peninsula Ribbon Snake

Black Racer

Florida Red-bellied Turtle

Green Treefrog

Pig Frog

Leopard Frog

Cuban Tree Treefrog



Gray Squirrel

Cottontail Rabbit

Marsh Rabbit

Florida Black Bear last sighting on  7/26/22

Florida Panther  last sighting on 3/14/22

Bobcat    last sighting on 5/2/22


Blooming Plants:

Alligator- flag or Fire-flag (Thalia geniculata)

Pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata)

Swamp Lily  (Crinum americanum)

Tropical Royalblue Waterlily  (Nymphaea elegans)

Lanceleaf Arrowhead (Sagittaria lancifolia)

Beggartick  (Bidens alba)

Southeastern Sunflower (Helianthus agrestis)

Clamshell Orchid (Prosthechea cochleata)

Northern Needleleaf (Tillandsia balbisiana)

Cardinal Airplant (Tillandsia faciculata)

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