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.
Fakahatchee Strand Wildlife Blitz 2016/2017
by Mike Duey, Park Ranger
Come out to the beautiful Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park and help gather data on wildlife trends. This year’s Janes Scenic Drive Wildlife Observation Blitz started November 2016 and will continue through May of 2017. The remaining dates are as follows:
Please meet at the Park Office (about 40 yards east of the Visitor Center) by 7:45 AM. Data collection starts on station at 8:30 AM. The sites or locations are indicated by the distance in miles north of Gate 1.
Each site will be assigned a pair of observers, so each person can focus on looking in the opposite direction. This reduces the chance of missing an animal crossing JSD. You may want to switch directions occasionally for some variety.
Observers at each site will document date, location, animal observed, time of each observation, the direction the animal was coming from and heading toward (using compass), observer’s name and comments (adult/juvenile, large/small, approximate length if a snake, healthy/unhealthy, etc.).
Remember to bring with you a chair, compass, camera and binoculars if able. You will be at the stations for 2 hours so bring plenty of water.
This is a great opportunity to meet like-minded naturalists and to learn even more about the animals, birds and insects that call Fakahatchee Strand home.
Thank you for your help!
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.