Found in scrubby fields and forests throughout the eastern and south-central United States.
Birds of various kinds are found in abundance at Emeralda Marsh.
This beautifully colored 'swamp hen' can be seen walking on top of floating vegetation or clambering through dense shrubs.
This beautiful songbird is found anywhere in the U.S. east of the Rockies.
Also known as Fish Hawk, is common, but a rather impressive raptor, seen fishing the many lakes in Lake County.
Garberia and Butterflies
This native Florida shrub mostly flowers in the late fall and is a favorite of butterflies and pollinators.
Purple Passion Flower
This beautifully exotic Florida native is a larval host plant for numerous butterlfies including the Gulf fritillary and Zebra Longwing.
This beautiful dragonfly is found in a wide range of habitats, but usually requires open water, which makes Lake County a great home!
Skipper on Scrub Mint
Scrub mint can only be found in the Florida Scrub habitat which is a rapidly disappearing type of plant community. It can only be found in Central Florida.
Growing up ito 5 feet tall, this pretty but prickly native serves as a host plant for ladybugs and butterflies.
Lake County, Florida - A premiere birding destination!