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Florida Wildlife Calendar: March

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Florida Wildlife Calendar: March

  • Migrating songbirds, in full breeding plumage, arrive in waves each week from Central and South America.
  • Mourning doves nest now through November.
  • Carolina wrens are nesting now.
  • First mangrove cuckoos return to the Keys.
  • Summer tanagers and great-crested flycatchers arrive to breed.
  • Wild turkey and quail begin breeding in central and north Florida.
  • Great-crested flycatchers return late March to early April.
  • Brown thrashers begin singing.
  • Wood storks in Central Florida begin courtship and nesting.
  • Sooty terns hatching in Dry Tortugas.
  • Peak of snowy plovers nesting.
  • Scrub-jays begin to mate and build nests in scrub oaks.
  • Hummingbirds return.
  • Purple martins begin nesting.
  • Swallow-tailed kites return to Florida from South American wintering areas.
  • Listen for newly returned Chuck-will’s-widows calling after sunset.
  • Great blue herons may be seen on their nests.

  • Look for red foxes emerging from remote beaches.
  • Last chance to see manatee concentrations in the Caloosahatchee River this winter.
  • Striped skunks are fighting over mates – watch out!
  • Litters of raccoons, bobcat, and armadillos are being born.
  • Black bears begin moving after winter’s inactivity.
  • Endangered gray bats return to Florida caves to raise young.

  • Frogs and toads move to ponds, streams, and ditches to breed during rainy nights.
  • Pine Barrens tree frogs start calling.
  • Tree frogs lay eggs now through August. Tadpoles hatch out in about 5 days.

  • Snakes become active and move to favorite feeding areas.

  • Gulf of Mexico Sturgeon spawn in the Suwannee River during the spring or early summer.
  • Largemouth bass spawning throughout Central and North Florida.
  • Redear sunfish begin bedding in Central Florida.
  • White bass run up the Ochlockonee River above Lake Talquin.
  • Lake Kissimmee shellcrackers bed on the full moon.
  • Cow-nosed rays move north along the Atlantic coast.

  • Horseshoe crabs lay eggs on coastal beaches on a full moon at high tide.
  • Ghost crabs come out of hibernation.

  • Chickasaw plum and crabapples bloom in north Florida.
  • Bromeliads start to flower in south Florida swamps.

  • All four species of grass-pink orchids are now blooming in various parts of the state.
  • Cigar orchids go into flower and will put out spectacular displays of color in South Florida wetlands.
  • Eaton’s and Florida ladies’-tresses begin to flower in select locations in Central and North Florida.

Latest Photos, Videos and Recordings

Green Iguana

Green Iguana

The green iguana, also known as the American iguana is a large attractive and often strikingly-colored lizard in the Iguanidae family that is native to the Caribbean Islands, Central America and most of the northern half of South America. Although they are are...

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Florida Nature Facts #161 – Florida Scrub Jay

Florida Nature Facts #161 – Florida Scrub Jay

The endangered and endemic Florida scrub jay is a cooperative breeder. When the offspring leave the nest, they stay with their parents and help them raise next year's brood instead of going off to raise young on their own. VISIT THE BIRDS GALLERY MORE FLORIDA NATURE...

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Florida Nature Facts #156 – Garter Snakes

Florida Nature Facts #156 – Garter Snakes

Most people know garter snakes as common and mostly harmless, but they are in fact mildly venomous. These beautiful snakes are what is known as rear-fanged, meaning they have enlarged back teeth connected to what is called the Duvernoy’s gland that they use to help...

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Florida Nature Facts #156 – Garter Snakes

Most people know garter snakes as common and mostly harmless, but they are in fact mildly venomous. These beautiful snakes are what is known as rear-fanged, meaning they have enlarged back teeth connected to what is called the Duvernoy’s gland that they use to help...

Florida Nature Facts #129 – Sphinx Moths

Their size and rapid wing beats allow sphinx moths to hover and feed like hummingbirds, which is why they were nicknamed 'hummingbird moths'. People often mistake the protrusion on the back of the sphinx caterpillar for a stinger. MORE PHOTOS OF BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS...

Florida Nature Facts #90 – Native Orchids

Our native orchids have a symbiotic relationship with certain fungi called a mycorrhizal association. The fungus provides nutrients to the orchid plant, and the orchid is a home to the fungus. Orchid seeds are so tiny they do not have enough food to nourish a...

Florida Nature Facts #123 – Alligators and Crocodiles

Most reptiles have 3-chambered hearts, but the heart of alligators, and all other crocodilians, has 4 chambers – a trait shared with mammals and birds. MORE PHOTOS OF ALLIGATORS MORE FLORIDA NATURE FACTS Florida Nature Facts is a series about interesting facts about...

Florida Nature Facts #77 – Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbirds sing all through the day, and often into the night. Most nocturnal singers are unmated males, which sing more than mated males during the day, too. Nighttime singing is more common during the full moon. MORE PHOTOS OF BIRDS MORE FLORIDA NATURE...

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