Where to Look Now
Everything in nature is governed by the seasons and weather. Every month has its wildlife viewing specialties, and some opportunities go on for many weeks or months.
Wildlife viewing in Florida requires subtlety, time and patience. There are no guarantees wild animals and nature will abide by their normal seasonal clocks. If it has been unusually wet or cold, everything changes, even if only by a few weeks.
But that's part of the challenge, and what makes wildlife and nature viewing even more interesting.
January Hotspots: Swamp Tromp offered in the Evergldes, manatees, nesting bald eagles. In central Florida, visit the state's best inland birding spot at Lake Apopka North Shore.
February Hotspots: Manatees, Everglades swamp tromp and nesting bald eagles and Lake Apopka North Shore are still at their best this month.
March Hotspots: See nesting roseate spoonbills in South Florida or enjoy the amazing display of spring wildflowers.
April Hotspots: 100,000 nesting sooty terns in the Dry Tortugas, nesting brown pelicans on both coasts, ranger-led activities in national parks, nesting roseate spoonbills in Central Florida and more.
May Hotspots: Some of Florida's most colorful birds are nesting this month, including ospreys and red-cockaded woodpeckers. Also, it's time to make reservations for summer turtle walks to view nesting sea turtles.
June Hotspots: Loggerhead turtles are nesting on Florida east coast beaches. The nesting process is one of nature's most amazing sights.
July-August are prime months mainly for sea turtle viewing. Generally, it's too hot and humid for much of anything else.
Hotspots: Start of the fall hawk migration, excellent time
to view the tiny Key deer.