Wildlife Happenings - July
July brings on the dog-days of summer, our national independence day, and some great wildlife activity here in the state of Florida. Here are some interesting things to look for in July:
- Shorebird migration starts in mid-July, peaking in August.
- Swallow-tailed kites begin gathering as do purple martins and tree swallows in preparation for migrating south for the winter.
- Look for frigate birds flying overhead in south Florida.
- Look out for nesting shorebirds, and keep your vehicles and dogs from disturbing them.
- Later this month, young alligators and crocodiles will begin to hatch.
- Mosquitoes and chiggers are abundant, so watch out while you're camping.
- Baby raccoons, foxes, armadillos, possums, and bobcats leave dens and begin following parents
- Deer mating season ion the everglades
- Sea oats flower along the Atlantic
- Scrub morning glory and butterfly weed begin to bloom
Special date in July
- July 22, 1982 First Florida bog frog discovered in a panhandle wetland.