Our March nature walk in the refuge usually features butterflies, but not today. The off and on rain and no sun kept the butterflies from flying, but we saw lots of birds instead! Joyce DeHaan, Nita Cox, Edie Zaprir and I enjoyed a slow ride through the refuge. We stopped often to glimpse Swallowtail Kites, a Tricolored Heron, Great Egrets,a Little Blue Heron, a Bufflehead, Blue Winged Teals, Snowy Egrets, a Kingfisher, White Eyed Vireos, and a Cardinal. We heard plenty of the elusive Northern Parula Warblers but were not able to see them with our binoculars. And we did see a few butterflies, mostly the Palamedes Swallowtails. Though we did not have the best conditions for our walk today, we had a great time. Any time in the woods listening to and spotting wildlife is good!
We will try again to see butterflies on our next month’s nature walk on the Refuge. Please join us on April 16 at 8:30am at the North Entrance to the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge Drive. The North Entrance is located on SR 347 at the northern end of the Refuge. I look forward to seeing you then!