The common native mammals that inhabit the wetland include coyotes, bobcats, gray foxes, river otters, minks, beavers, bats, raccoons, opossums, skunks and small rodents. An occasional white-tailed deer may wander in. Invasive nutria and feral pigs are commonly seen as well. Most of our mammals are crepuscular (active at dawn or dusk) or nocturnal (active at night), so you may not see them during your visit. You will, however, see their scat on the boardwalk, their tracks on the trails and—look closely!—perhaps the mudslides of river otters as they enter the water.
Spiders, bees, wasps, snakes, frogs, turtles, dragonflies and damselflies can be seen most of the year except during the winter. Our most common fish are carp, alligator gar and perch. Fishing is not allowed except as part of our occasional Recreation Weekend series, which will be advertised on our Programs & Events page.
Here are a few of the residents you might spot on your visit.