Wildlife Through the Year: June

  • Black skimmers hatch young on beaches.
  • It is the height of the gopher tortoise nesting season.
  • Laughing gulls hatch young on beaches and mangrove islands in Florida Bay.
  • It's nesting season for least terns, oystercatchers, and black skimmers. They nest on islands, undisturbed beaches, and rooftops.
  • Most animals -- including alligators, southern flying squirrels, black-necked stilts, and red-cockaded woodpeckers -- are nesting.
  • Peak month for wildfires, which rejuvenate many Florida plant communities.
  • Red and Seminole bats give birth.
  • Blooming tarflowers in flatwoods signal the beginning of summer.
  • Cicadas emerge and begin the song of summer.
  • Leatherback, loggerhead and green sea turtles continue to crawl ashore to lay eggs.
  • Lights Out! Sea turtles emerge from their nests and head for the ocean. Females may become confused by lights on the beach.
  • Juvenile green sea turtles forage on hard bottom close to the southeast coast.
  • Female alligators are building nests.
  • Eighteen-month old black bears separate from their mothers.
  • Whelks spawn, laying long necklaces of eggs.
  • Black sea urchins spawn throughout the summer at each full moon along the Keys.
  • Sea squirts spawn on the grass flats.
  • Migrating tarpon can be found almost anywhere in the Keys.
  • Snook begin moving out to inlets and passes.
  • Indigo snakes lay their eggs, sometimes in gopher tortoise burrows.

FWC Facts:
Over 200 species of birds migrate between their breeding grounds in the United States and Canada and their wintering areas in Mexico, Central and South America or the Caribbean.

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