• Warblers migrate southward.
  • In late September gray bats migrate to north Alabama for winter hibernation.
  • First signs of leaves changing color; blazing star, rabbit tobacco and blue curls abloom.
  • Peak of hurricane season - watch for unusual bird sightings following tropical storms.
  • Bald eagles return to nest sites and begin courtship.
  • Panhandle blue crabs migrate to deeper water for winter.
  • Hawks begin migrating; watch for them along both coasts and in the Florida Keys.
  • Peak blooming period for water-spider orchids in central Florida.
  • Florida scrub-jay fledglings have completely blue heads, having lost their brown juvenile plumage.
  • The rut begins for Key deer.
  • Atlantic sturgeon begin fall migration from the Suwannee and Apalachicola Rivers to the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Green sea turtles continue to nest; loggerhead leave Florida shores to begin their migrations.
  • Lights Out! Sea turtles emerge from their nests and head for the ocean. Females may become confused by lights on the beach.
  • Lovebugs, or Bibionidae flies, mate in the middle of roadways.

FWC Facts:
The spatulate bill of the roseate spoonbill has sensitive nerve endings that help it detect prey, and the shape helps the bird move sediment and catch the prey.

Learn More at AskFWC