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Photo by Charles Wesley Another successful rookery season has come to a close! The significant maintenance changes that occurred over the winter provided more nesting opportunities for the smaller wading bird species. This resulted in an increase of nests across the board over the 2015 nesting season....

Best in Show Digital Art David Long, Shrewsbury, MA   Congratulations to this year's photo contest winners! The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park was pleased to host its 23rd Annual Photo Contest this year.  Entries were received from all over the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. With just...

By John Brueggen, Director and Gen Anderson, General Curator For many years, visitors to the St. Augustine Alligator Farm have enjoyed the amazing phenomenon of native Florida wading birds choosing our alligator swamp boardwalk area as a roosting and nesting site. The protection afforded them against tree...

Photo by Robert O'Toole This year's total nest count was a little on the low side, so we are working hard out in the swamp this winter to maximize the future potential of the rookery's nesting success. Major maintenance is long overdue in the swamp and...

All photos by Karen Willes What happens when these chicks leave the nest and start fending for themselves?  We're partnering with Audubon Florida to band Roseate spoonbills so their movements can be tracked.  Knowing where these birds spend most of their time can be useful to...

Daron Dean has been a working photojournalist since graduating from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Journalism in 2004. The Florida native interned for The Gainesville Sun, the Anchorage Daily News and The Dallas Morning News before joining the staff at The St....

Nesting season has officially begun! Currently four pairs of Roseate spoonbills are nest building. A few things happen before spoonbills get ready raise their families. The first step is a plumage change. They molt out of their old drab feathers into some fancy bright new...

Black-crowned night heron Photo by Catherine Calabria By: Julie Farrington Right now is a quiet time for the rookery, but there are still birds to see! Now is a great time of year to see the night herons. Both Yellow and Black-crowned night herons are spending their days...

This year was overflowing with Roseate spoonbill nests!  We love that they decided in 2010 to finally begin nesting in our rookery.  Their dynamic pink plumage is a welcome sight in the sea of egret white. MAX ADULT MAX NEST MAX CHICK Cattle egret 28 28 41 Great egret 174 106 167 Green heron 5 5 8 Little Blue heron 21 17 24 Roseate spoonbill 74 28 52 Snowy egret 143 92 197 Tricolored heron 113 85 151 Wood stork 112 68 170 TOTALS: 670 429 810    Photo by Kay Wells...