Panther Island Adventures!

Panther Island is 2,800 acres of restored wetland and upland habitats situated in the northwest corner of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary's 13,000 acres. It is home to numerous plants and animals including the Florida panther and the iconic wood stork.
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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Bird of the Week Feb 8: Great Blue Heron

The great blue heron is the largest and most widespread heron of North America. I am always amused when I hear one croak or squawk in agitation after I have gotten too close while working. These guys forage in water by standing still for long periods and watching intently until prey such as fish, frogs or invertebrates come within rang. they then thrust their bills and snatch their prey out of the water. They will often meander slowly along the edges of waterways, marshes, or grassy fields hunting as well. They are monogamous and nest in colonies. The nests are platforms of large sticks that are then lined with things like pine needles, moss, reeds, and dry grass. The eggs are incubated for 25-30 days by both parents and the young will remain in the nest for an additional 65-90 days to be fed by both parents until they fledge.

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