Species Spotlight

Great Blue Heron

The Great Blue Heron

Florida has the elegant, graceful, and striking great blue herons year-round in both fresh and salt water habitats, but the bird is considered a partial migrant because they are found across much of Canada during summer breeding season and can be found throughout Central America in the winter. The scientific name of the great blue heron is Ardea herodias, with ardea being Latin for heron and herodias being Greek for the feminine version of hero or also meaning heron. More …


The Long-billed Curlew

This very unique-looking bird normally is found only in the winter along coastal Florida and in southern Florida. The scientific name of the long-billed curlew, Numenius Americanus, is derived from Latin word numen meaning to nod or nod the head, a feeding characteristic of the bird, with americanus likely referring to the location in which the bird is found, Canada and North and South America. More …