Wildlife Through the Year: May
- Tropic birds arrive in Dry Tortugas.
eagles begin migrating north.
- Red-cockaded woodpeckers are
- Flathead catfish congregate below Jim
Woodruff Dam, Apalachicola River.
- Courtship ritual of adult alligators begins, noted by
the loud and resounding bellows and water slapping. Continues
- Peak flight period for Schaus' swallowtail butterfly in Keys.
- The last of the cedar waxwings and goldfinches head for their
northern breeding grounds.
- Painted buntings nest through summer in
- White swamp lilies dot wet prairies and sloughs in the
- Least terns nest on beaches, sandy flats,
and flat gravel rooftops that look like beaches!
- Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day.
- Brown pelican and white ibis young are
now visible in nests.
- White-crowned pigeons begin nesting on mangrove islands in
- Breeding begins for many resident and summer songbirds.
- Bluegill are bedding at the full moon.
- Redbreast sunfish and spotted sunfish begin spawning in
- Pompano are running in the north
- Green sea turtles will begin nesting
more abundantly now through September.
- Lights Out! Sea turtles emerge from their nests and
head for the ocean. Females may become confused by lights on the
- Peak of coyote denning season.
- Most bats give birth May through mid-June.
- American lotus in bloom on wetlands.
- Alligator snapping turtles nesting this month.