Florida, Know Your Birds: Snowy Egret

The snowy egret is ubiquitous to Southwest Florida, but this wasn’t always the case. Like many other egrets and herons, the snowy egret saw its numbers plummet in the late 1800s. Concerted efforts by conservationists helped bring back the small egret and its range is now expanding along the Eastern seaboard and the South.

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Snowy egrets look similar to great egrets, but smaller. The snowy egret can be seen all over Southwest Florida from the beaches to inland swamps. They are residents at J.N. Ding Darling Preserve on Sanibel, as well as the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve in Fort Myers. The birds can often be found foraging in the shallow waters at area beaches as well.


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