Snail Kite Photo Credit: Ron Bielefeld
Snail kites soar the marsh seeking snail delights.
Photo Credit: Ron Bielefeld

Canal and powerline levees are good places to view wildlife. Alligators are common throughout the area. You may also encounter white-tailed deer, bobcat and raccoons, opossums, armadillos, river otters and rabbits.

Wood storks, ibises, great blue herons, snowy egrets and cattle egrets occur year-round. Watch for swallow-tailed kites in the spring and summer, an influx of waterfowl in the winter and a variety of migratory birds in the spring and summer. The endangered Florida panther may be an occasional visitor to the area.

Check out other species recorded from Rotenberg WMA, or add observations of your own, by visiting Rotenberg WMA Nature Trackers Projects.


Wildlife Spotlight: Green Tree Frog

photo green tree frog
Green Tree Frog

The slender green treefrog is about two inches long, with white stripes on its bright-green sides. The frog’s color may change to dull green or gray when hiding or sleeping. It feeds on insects and is found in places with abundant vegetation. Listen for a raucous chorus of green tree frogs singing their "quonk-quonk-quong" call at night and during rainstorms.


FWC Facts:
The world's whooping crane population has gradually increased from a low of 22 birds in 1941 to 503 birds in 2009.

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