Since the bittern is a winter visitor to Florida, we rarely hear its weird vocalizations, mostly made during the spring and summer.

They occur throughout Florida November through April, mostly in freshwater juncus marshes, before returning to the northern U.S. and southern Canada to breed. Their numbers have been declining over the past three decades at an average rate of 2.4 percent per year, mostly due to loss of wetlands.

To see an American bittern, then, is luck indeed.

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Studies indicate fish-and-wildlife activities contribute more than $36 billion a year to Florida's economy.

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