Check Out Our WildLife ...

So many species call the Preserve home... from Bobcats and Gopher Tortoises, to Painted Buntings and Osprey.  See what our wildlife cameras have caught roaming about when we aren't around!

Critter Cameras

Bird Feeder Cameras

If you watch and listen carefully, you will see something new every time you visit!

You don't have to go far to see Something...

In the Classroom

  • Red Rat Snake
  • Grey Rat Snake
  • Spotted Salamander

On the Porch

  • Florida Softshell Turtles
  • Brown Bullhead Catfish
  • Sunfish
  • Bluegill
  • Golden Shiner
  • Warmouth
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Florida Gar

From the Boardwalk

  • Yellow Rat Snakes
  • Alligators
  • Osprey
  • Green Anole
  • Zebra Longwing
  • Golden Silk Orb Weaver
  • Red-Winged Black Birds
  • Common Grackles
  • 3-Striped Mud Turtle

Behind the Education Center

  • Red Belly Sliders
  • Florida Box Turtles
  • Three-toed Box Turtle
  • Musk Turtle
  • 3-Striped Mud Turtle  

INJURED OR ORPHANED WILDLIFE

* DO NOT BRING WILDLIFE TO THE PRESERVE *

We are NOT a rehabilitation facility and do NOT have the training or licensing to care for injured or orphaned wildlife.  Please contact a licensed rehabilitation facility or veterinarian.

LICENSED REHABILITATION CENTERS & VETERINARIANS:

Remember: All wildlife rehabilitators are supported primarily through donations. Please help support their "labor of love".


If you find a GOPHER TORTOISE

If you find a gopher tortoise please LEAVE IT ALONE; they are a protected species and it is illegal to touch/transport one.  Do not bring turtles or tortoises to the Preserve.

Tortoises know how to survive on their own. The only time you should touch or move a gopher tortoise is to help it cross the road.  If you find an injured tortoise, contact Back To Nature Wildlife Refuge in Orlando. 

 

visit our gopher tortoise page to find out how you can help this threatened species.


If you find a baby bird...

WITHOUT FEATHERS

If you find a baby bird on the ground that does NOT yet have feathers, place him/her back in their nest. The parents will NOT reject them if they've been touched by a human; that is a myth. 

 

WITH FEATHERS

If you find a baby bird on the ground that DOES have feathers and is hopping around LEAVE IT ALONE. He/She has fledged the nest and his/her parents are nearby teaching the baby how to find food. 

 
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If you Find a Nest that has Blown out of a tree

Nests can be placed securely back in a tree or secured to a nearby tree if the original one has fallen.