Wildlife Through The Year: April

  • Migrant warblers concentrate on coasts after cold fronts.
  • Indigo buntings, Mississippi kites, eastern kingbirds, grosbeaks, warblers, tanagers, orioles and thrushes begin returning to North America.
  • Wood storks in north Florida begin courtship and nesting.
  • Florida sandhill crane chicks more conspicuous as they become old enough to begin foraging in open habitat.
  • Common loons head north from their Florida wintering grounds.
  • Bobwhite quail nest now through September.
  • Long-tailed weasels, minks, and river otters will be born April through May.
  • Plant extra parsley for black swallowtail butterfly larvae to forage.
  • Watch for hummingbirds feeding on blooms of columbine, buckeye, and feeders.
  • Most wild turkey hens are nesting.
  • Blooming wildflowers and pitcher plant blanket the wet savannahs of the Panhandle.
  • Larval mole salamanders mature and leave ponds.
  • Bobcat kittens born this month and next.
  • Manatees are dispersing around Florida's coastal waterways.
  • Seasonal manatees speed zones change in Florida's waterways.
  • Stingrays move close to shore in southwest Florida.
  • Largemouth bass move into shallow water in Lake Talquin.
  • Jack crevalles and cobia move into coastal waters off the east coast.
  • Alligators begin moving about, seeking new territories and mates.
  • American crocodiles in Florida Bay begin laying eggs.
  • Florida softshell turtles lay eggs now through July.
  • Carolina anoles breed.
  • Loggerhead sea turtles begin to nest on Florida sandy beaches along the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico and the Straits of Florida.

FWC Facts:
Young whooping cranes are capable of flight when they are 80-90 days old.

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