Spring in Florida

You may have been asking, does Florida even have seasons?

The answer is yes, and many think that SPRING is the best season in Florida! Starting up about March, spring time usually provides cool nights, warm days and lower humidity. The time to open the windows and enjoy fresh air. A day at the beach could easily be an all day occasion, as long as you don’t mind some crowds. In the spring, lots of guests arrive and tourists to the Sunshine state. The Snowbirds have not yet made their way back North and the Spring Breakers pay a visit.

Just as in the North, spring brings to life plants and some animals. If there were cold-ish nights in the winter and some of the plants lost leaves, new growth can begin now.  You can actually discern some of the trees and plants getting greener in color. Oak and pine trees start to throw off pollen, causing problems for those with allergies.

Spring time in Columbia Cty, FL. Just west of Ft White, at the Ichetucknee to O’Leno Trail.

Here are some things different that happen with animals in the spring in Florida:

Birds

  • Migrating birds from Central and South America visit the state.
  • Mourning doves nest now through November.
  • Carolina wrens are nesting now.
  • Mangrove cuckoos return to the Keys.
  • Summer tanagers and great-crested flycatchers arrive to breed.
  • Swallow tailed kites return to south Florida wetlands.
  • Listen for newly-returned chuck-will’s-widows calling after sunset.
  • Plant columbine, coral bean, and other wildflowers to attract hummingbirds.
  • Wild turkey and quail begin breeding in central and north Florida.
  • Quail are breeding in many parts of the state

Mammals

  • Look for red foxes emerging from remote beaches.
  • Last chance to see manatee concentrations in the Caloosahatchee River this winter.
  • Striped skunks are fighting over mates – watch out!

Amphibians

  • Male frogs and toads move to ponds, streams, and ditches to breed during rainy nights

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Reptiles

  • Snakes become active and move to favorite feeding areas

Fish

  • Gulf of Mexico Sturgeon spawn in the Suwannee River during the spring or early summer.
  • Largemouth bass spawning throughout central and north Florida
  • Redear sunfish begin bedding in central Florida
  • White bass run up the Ochlockonee River above Lake Talquin.

Hunting and Fishing

  • Spring turkey hunters take to the field

Plants & Trees

  • Chicksaw plum and crabapples bloom in north Florida
  • Bromeliads flower in south Florida

Call Nuisance Wildlife Removal, Inc. today, to humanely solve your wildlife problems, and wildlife proof your home. 1-866-263-WILD or 941-729-2103.

Some information taken from UF Florida Wildlife Extension

http://www.wec.ufl.edu/extension/wildlife_info/happenings/march.php

 

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