Be a responsible wildlife watcher.


  Birds and animals may desert their homes if they feel threatened by well-meaning wildlife watchers. Don't get too close to animals or disturb a nest. Use binoculars or a telephoto lens to view wildlife.

Dim headlights and slow down when you see a deer, opossum, fox, owl, or other nocturnal animal on the road at night. Do not turn headlights or flashlights into the eyes of nocturnal animals. This may temporarily blind them and cause them to injure themselves.

Learn about some wildlife encounter opportunities in Florida:

Get to know your wild neighbors. Check out some of our favorite links to information about wildlife and the environment we share.

* The Migratory Bird Species Act declares that it is illegal to kill, injure or harass any song bird or bird of prey -- hawks, owls, vultures, eagles, falcons and kites. It is also illegal to possess most wildlife (or any wildlife "parts") without proper state and federal permits.


 St. Francis Wildlife Association