Friends of Fakahatchee: Dedicated to financial and volunteer support to preserve the unique ecology and cultural heritage of Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park and educate the public about its importance.
Meet Our Residents
People come to Fakahatchee to see what’s rare in our modern world: Wildlife! The remote acres and variety of ecosystems mean that a vast array of creatures are at home here.
Whether you walk the boardwalk, take a tram ride, or venture down the trails, you are sure to see resident amphibians, reptiles, mammals, birds, and, of course, insects.
2016 Wildlife Blitz!
by Park Ranger and Volunteer Coordinator
It’s that time of year again. Do you like wildlife? Birds? Exotic and native animals? Or just plain love the Fakahatchee? We will be conducting our annual Wildlife Blitz! on the third Wednesday of each month through April of 2016. We need a total of 24 volunteers and a few hours of your time for each month. Whether you would like to volunteer just once or for all the months, your help and time will greatly be appreciated.
The Wildlife Blitz! is a time to come out and enjoy the Fakahatchee, look for wildlife, and just plain soak up nature at its best. Bring a chair and wait for the wildlife to pass you by. It will be two hours sitting along Janes Scenic Drive, with a volunteer stationed every half mile. You may see Black Bear, Florida Panther, Everglades Mink, Bobcat, Gators, Birds and much, much more.
How to Register
Dates are December 16, January 20, February 17, March 16, and April 20. Please email with the date(s) you are available. If you have a preference on your location, please note it in your email. Please contact:
Thank you for volunteering!
Where can I find Recent Sightings?
Several paths to Wildlife sightings by volunteers and visitors in the Fakahatchee.
On our Friends of Fakahatchee Facebook page visitors often report remarkable sightings and share wonderful photos and videos of the wildlife that calls Fakahatchee home. Be sure to Follow us!
If you’re an Instagram user, search for #fakahatchee and see the most recent photos. You’re bound to enjoy the bounty of nature shared.
Another way to see wildlife is to volunteer with the Fakahackers or nature interpreters on the tours or the boardwalk. You’ll often see our residents such as Barred Owls, Virginia Opossums, Alligators, Great Egrets, Gray Catbirds or the beautiful Painted Bunting. Overhead you’ll see a variety of bird species depending on time of year, such as Swallow-Tail Kites swooping low over the trees on East Main.
When you have been out ‘in the Fak,’ be sure to report your wildlife sightings, including time of day and location if possible.