Wildlife Through The Year: March

  • Carolina wrens begin nesting - hang a gourd or open basket under your eaves.
  • Swallow-tailed kites return to Florida from South American wintering areas.
  • Frogs and toads move to ponds, streams and ditches to breed following rains.
  • Lake Kissimmee shellcrackers bed on the full moon.
  • First mangrove cuckoos return to the Keys.
  • Listen for newly returned Chuck-will's-widows calling after sunset.
  • Bromeliads start to flower in south Florida swamps.
  • Great blue herons may be seen on their nests.
  • Largemouth bass start to bed in north Florida; redear sunfish begin bedding in central Florida.
  • Last chance until next winter to see manatees congregating at warm water sites.
  • Great-crested flycatchers return late March to early April.
  • Brown thrashers begin singing.
  • Migrating songbirds, in full breeding plumage, arrive in waves each week.
  • Wood storks in central Florida begin courtship and nesting.
  • Sooty terns hatching in Dry Tortugas.
  • Peak of snowy plovers nesting.
  • Scrub-jays begin to mate and build nests in scrub oaks.
  • Wild turkey and quail begin breeding in central and north Florida.
  • Hummingbirds return.
  • Purple martins begin nesting.
  • Litters of raccoons, bobcat, and armadillos are being born.
  • Black bears begin moving after winter's inactivity.
  • Endangered gray bats return to Florida caves to raise young.
  • Horseshoe crabs lay eggs on coastal beaches on a full moon at high tide.
  • Ghost crabs come out of hibernation.
  • Cow-nosed rays move north along the Atlantic coast.
  • Gulf of Mexico sturgeon move into the Suwannee River to spawn.
  • White bass run up the Ochlockonee River above Lake Talquin.
  • Snakes and other reptiles are more active and likely to be seen in yards and gardens.
  • Pine Barrens tree frogs start calling.
  • Tree frogs lay eggs now through August. Tadpoles hatch out in about 5 days.
  • Chickasaw plum and crabapples bloom in north Florida.

FWC Facts:
Young whooping cranes are capable of flight when they are 80-90 days old.

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