Water Fowl

Approximately 20 species of waterfowl regularly winter in Florida. Wintering areas, such as Florida, are important in the annual cycle of migratory waterfowl. Habitat conditions during this non-breeding period may affect survival and subsequent reproduction. Ducks must maintain or improve their body condition during winter to avoid mortality during spring migration and to meet the physiological demands of the nesting season (i.e., egg laying, incubation). The FWC devotes considerable resources to monitoring and managing these migrant birds and providing quality


Mallards In Florida: History has proved that the concern over the loss of the Florida mottled duck to hybridization is a real one and should not be taken lightly. You can see them regularly in Florida flying around and feeding.

Mottled Ducks: Florida mottled ducks have an intrinsic, aesthetic value and are highly prized as a game bird. Also they are a defining member of the unique suite of species characteristic of the prairie ecosystem of South Florida.