Fisheating Creek is an excellent place to view
wildlife year-round. Wading birds of all types - ibis, herons,
egrets, wood storks, roseate spoonbills - as well as hawks, osprey,
and owls are common. Several bald eagle nests are located in the
area. Warblers are abundant during fall and spring migrations.
River otters are common, and alligators are ubiquitous. One
American crocodile was confirmed on the area.
Fisheating Creek is an important staging area for swallow-tailed
kites before their migration to South America in August. In April
and May they nest and raise young all along the creek. The communal
roosting area in the vicinity of Cowbone Marsh may at times be used
by half of the U.S. population of swallow-tailed kites. Audubon's
crested caracara and Florida sandhill cranes may be seen on the
prairies, depression marshes, and unimproved pasture on the
adjacent conservation easement land.
David Moynahan - Florida panther
Wildlife Spotlight: Florida
In 1973, working for the World Wildlife Fund Roy
McBride and his hounds treed an aged Florida panther female in the
vicinity of Fisheating Creek, confirming that panthers did indeed
still exist in Florida. At the time, the Florida panther was among
the most endangered animals in the world. Since then several young
males have been documented dispersing from the core population area
to the south through Fisheating Creek. The area may become even
more important to the Florida panther as its population continues
For more information on the Florida panther
visit Panther Net.