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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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Busy wading time!

One of the greatest joys for me as a resource manager on restored property is seeing the wildlife foraging and using it, especially in areas where different species co-mingle. One of the best times to witness this is during my point count bird surveys which are done quarterly. In the spring as the water is drying up, different reconstructed marshes "come online" for foraging wading birds. And there are peak foraging water levels. When these are reached, the great mix you see in the photo occurs. Species included (but not necessarily seen in this photo) include: wood storks, great egrets, greater yellowlegs, lesser yellowlegs, roseate spoonbill, American coots, common moorehens, white ibis, glossy ibis, mottled ducks, black-bellied whistling ducks, black-necked stilts, and alligators. Below are black-bellied whistling ducks flying in to join the mix.

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