For the second year in a row, the Great Horned Owls have picked a spot right behind the fire station and in front of the community center in Everglades City as their nest site. You can spot the momma owl perched on top of the nest in the daytime. By January, the owlets will start hatching, and come February, you’ll get a chance to see them peeking out.
These owls don’t just live in forests; they also like hanging out in parks and open areas in Florida. They chow down on mice, bugs, and even other birds, so they’re not fussy eaters. Standing at about 18 to 25 inches tall, they’re easy to spot with their tall tufts and big yellow eyes when the sun’s out.
You’ll find these owls all over Florida, building messy nests high up in trees. The lady owls are larger, while the guys have louder voices. Last year, local photographer Greg Dupignac snapped this beautiful photo at the nest, where the Great Horned Owl pair raised two adorable owlets.
It usually takes around 45 minutes to cruise from the Port of the Islands to the ocean. The journey includes navigating through a long, no-wake zone, canal, providing a delightful and unhurried ride. Bring a cover for sun protection during this slow and scenic route. About half an hour in, you’ll arrive at the expansive and naturally beautiful mangroves before reaching the open waters of the ocean.