Wildlife Through The Year: February

  • Purple martins scouts look over North Florida nesting sites. Make sure houses are up!
  • Trilliums and dogtooth violets bloom in Florida Panhandle ravines.
  • Clean and repair eastern bluebird nest boxes.
  • Greater sandhill cranes migrate from Florida northward to Michigan and Wisconsin.
  • Purple finches and pine siskins will leave our north Florida feeders and begin their migration back to northern nesting areas.
  • Bald cypress trees leaf out in Big Cypress Swamp.
  • Nesting season begins for ospreys in north Florida.
  • Wood storks nesting in Corkscrew Swamp.
  • Watch for manatees in spring runs.
  • Snowy plovers start nesting.
  • Sooty terns nesting in the Dry Tortugas.
  • Wild turkeys and quail mate in south Florida.
  • Florida burrowing owls begin their nesting season.
  • Magnificent frigatebirds begin nesting in the Dry Tortugas.
  • Woodcocks begin courtship behavior in north Florida.
  • Woodpeckers begin their mating season and announce territories by drumming on houses, telephone poles and other objects.
  • Eastern moles are breeding this month in tunnels under our lawns.
  • Pocket gophers begin their spring breeding season.
  • First litters of gray squirrels born.
  • Striped skunks begin their breeding season.
  • Bear cubs born in dens this month.
  • Deer fawns born in south Florida.
  • Schools of Spanish mackerel roam Florida Bay.
  • Black crappie and striped bass are spawning.
  • American crocodiles begin mating, followed by nesting in April.
  • Leatherback sea turtles begin nesting on sandy beaches along the southeast coast.

FWC Facts:
Ospreys, also known as "fish hawks," are expert anglers that like to hover above the water, locate their prey and then swoop down for the capture with talons extended.

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