District lands are for the birds (and birders, too)

Whether you’re a card-carrying member of the Audubon Society or just an amateur birder smitten with Florida’s diverse bird species, St. Johns River Water Management District lands offer the best opportunities in the state for viewing feathered friends.

We own more than 700,00 acres of land throughout our 18-county jurisdiction as part of our work to protect and preserve water resources. Because the land includes woodlands and wetlands, you’re likely to see everything from bald eagles and pileated woodpeckers to wading birds like wood storks and great blue herons.

Our Lake Apopka North Shore property, for example, is one of the most renowned birding destinations in Florida, with 369 bird species recorded here. Blue Cypress Conservation Area, with its thousands of acres of open marsh, is a prime area for sighting endangered snail kites and bright pink roseate spoonbills.

Before you grab your binoculars and checklist, brush up on your bird identification expertise with our little quiz. Then head to one of our District properties where there’s a good chance of seeing them for yourself! (All the photos in the quiz were taken on District lands).


Light-gray Heron


heron standing among some grass


White bird standing between 2 alligators


Pink birds feeding is shallow water


Dusk standing on a ledge


Brown duck floating on calm waters


Colorful duck


Brown bird sitting on a branch


Brown owl sitting on a tree brach


Brown hawk sitting on a tree branch
  1. D — tri-colored heron
  2. B — little blue heron
  3. D — great egret
  4. A — roseate spoonbills
  5. A — black-bellied whistling duck
  6. C — blue-winged teal duck
  7. B — wood duck
  8. B — snail kite
  9. A — barred owl
  10. B — red-shouldered hawk

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