Wildlife of the Wetlands
More than 220 bird species, 63 butterfly species, reptiles and mammals call Orlando Wetlands Park their home.
Wading birds like Snowy Egret, Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, White Egret, White Ibis, Glossy Ibis are common here year around. Purple Gallinule as well as Common Gallinule, Limpkins, Least Bittern and American Bittern can also be found throughout the park. Raptors like Red-shouldered Hawks, Ospreys, Barred Owls and Bald Eagles hunt and nest within the park. Occasionally Crested Caracara, Short-tailed Hawk and Snail Kites are seen.
Flocks of 1000’s of Tree Swallows migrating in late fall and early spring can be found feeding and roosting in the Wetlands. Other rarities like Vermilion Flycatcher, Grove-billed Ani, White-faced Ibis have been spotted at this wonderful place.
Out in the wetlands you can see a wide variety of turtles, frogs, and other aquatic reptiles and amphibians. The park is home to a number of species of snakes and other reptiles. While these are fascinating, and most are harmless, it is best to ere on the side of caution around these creatures.
A small wildlife garden behind the Education Center attracts butterflies including several species of Swallowtails, Pearl Crescent, Queen, Zebra Longwing, Clearwing Hummingbird Moths and Ruby-throated Hummingbirds visit the native plants to feed on nectar or looking for their host plant.
The Orlando Wetlands Park is home to many alligators, ranging from hatchlings to full grown adults reaching lengths of 13 feet or more. Don’t approach, harass or feed Alligators. Keep a safe distance. As you walk on the trails, keep an eye out for White-tailed Deer, Otters and Bobcats strolling along the trails. You may see other mammals such as squirrels, raccoons, and marsh rabbits near the wooded areas.
This is only a small list of animals which can be found here. Come and visit the Orlando Wetlands and explore their fauna and flora.