North Central Florida Is Heaven for Wildlife Lovers

Enjoy the Wildlife at Our Winter Vacation Rentals Home in Florida

When you visit Florida, wildlife confronts you everywhere. Especially the exotic birds fascinated me; often you end up close to subtropical bird species while playing golf or picnicking inside a public park.

North Central Florida is certainly a much more interesting spot for naturalists than I usually ever have expected. Both Florida’s flowers and wildlife are surprisingly diverse, and Florida is the 3rd most ecologically diverse state after Hawaii and California.

Remember this is a nearly flat lowland that lightly slopes into the sea in the east and west coasts. This lowland has unique physical features which are involved with the service diverse ecosystems which exist here. The predominantly low-lying topography was created by fluctuating sea levels after a while. Coastal features include dunes, barrier islands, lagoons and tidal rivers, which were formed by tides, currents and winds.

The interior of North Central Florida is characterized by swamps, marshlands, inland lakes and rivers, a haven for birds.  Here on the Santa Fe River at Rum Island Retreat, you can see birds in great weather at our winter vacation rental cabin.

Florida truly is a birder’s paradise, from its unique geographical location between tropical and temperate regions. Florida is likewise a destination for several migratory birds coming from the north, some birds fly 3,000 miles for getting here. In total Florida boasts above 470 verified bird species.

Some of the unique birds to view in Florida are:

American Avocet Limpkin
American White Pelican Mottled Duck
Anhinga Pine Warbler
Bald Eagle Purple Gallinule
Black-Bellied Whistling Duck Roseate Spoonbill
Black-Necked Stilt Sandhill Crane
Crested Caracara Snail Kite
Eastern Bluebird Swallow-Tailed Kite
Florida Scrub-Jay Wood Stork

Naturally, one of the most well-known Florida animals is your American alligator. Although this time we didn’t see any, alligators have created an unbelievable comeback once they were headed for extinction due to overhunting earlier inside the 20th century. Alligators were embarked on the federal endangered species list in 1987, and on very warm days they are often seen sunning themselves on your edges of ponds and waterways.

Different species of fish also exist in North Central Florida, an authentic reality that will help to make it yet another destination with anglers. The species include large-mouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, sunshine bass, speckled perch, catfish and a type of other freshwater fish. The wildlife of Florida is rich and varied, yet most of us are familiar with simply a dozen or thereabouts species. Florida’s amphibians include amphiumas, mudpuppies, newts, salamanders, sirens, frogs and toads. Many interesting mammals may also be present in Florida, including armadillos, bears, beavers, bobcats, deer, feral pigs, foxes, manatees, minks, moles, opossums, otters, panthers, pocket gophers, rabbits, raccoons, seals, shrews, skunks, squirrels, and weasels.

Obviously reptiles don’t only include the American Alligator, but in addition you can see anoles, geckos, lizards, skinks and turtles. Hobby naturalists will truly enjoy their getaway to North Central Florida.

Looking for a private winter vacation rental in Florida?  Stay with us at Rum Island Retreat, and enjoy the wonderful wildlife and lovely weather.  Snowbird specials available.

To make your reservation call 386-454-9818 or 321-432-1743 or send us a message.

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