Fred C. Babcock - Cecil M. Webb Wildlife Management Area

This WMA is dominated by open stands of slash pine flatwoods and seasonally flooded prairies and marshes that are rich with wildflowers. Prescribed fires are conducted and water levels controlled to improve habitat for wildlife.

Watchable wildlife:
Twenty-four family groups of red-cockaded woodpeckers live here, their cavity trees marked with a white-painted ring. The flatwoods rustle with the movements of northern bobwhite, rabbits, gray squirrels, raccoons, and white-tailed deer around dusk and dawn. Wading birds forage in wet prairies and marshes throughout the day. Look for common ground doves, loggerhead shrikes, red-winged blackbirds, and eastern meadowlarks. Winter brings American woodcocks and common snipe down from the North.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

(941) 575-5768

Take Interstate 75 south of Punta Gorda to exit 27 (Tucker's Grade). Drive east 0.25 mile to area entrance.

Related Sites:
Other Southwest Florida Wildlife Sites
Florida State Parks

FWC Facts:
The spatulate bill of the roseate spoonbill has sensitive nerve endings that help it detect prey, and the shape helps the bird move sediment and catch the prey.

Learn More at AskFWC