Backyard Wildlife

Living in harmony with local wildlife and our environment is a way of life for us in Niceville. Niceville is bordered by water and thick wooded land, which is teeming with marine life and wildlife, respectively. Dolphins are regular visitors to Rocky Bayou, just as the roads outside of town are dotted with deer in the evening as they feed on the clover growing on the right-of-way.

The City of Niceville is a bird sanctuary and home to a great many varieties of birds. Backyard bird enthusiasts will enjoy visits from cardinals, blue jays, sparrows, hummingbirds, brown thrashers, finches, Carolina wrens, red winged blackbirds, woodpeckers, mockingbirds and many, many more.

Hawks, owls, herons, and ospreys are abundant. Bald Eagles make their homes here, too.

It is not unusual for homeowners to have furry, four-footed wildlife living and passing through their neighborhoods and yards. Gray Squirrels, flying squirrels, raccoons, foxes, rabbits, opossums and coyotes are regular neighborhood inhabitants or visitors. Black bears are fairly abundant and can be found foraging for food even in the heart of Niceville (stay away and leave them alone, and they will leave you alone). Beavers, and sometimes otters, can be found in streams and creeks around town.

Florida Box turtles are frequent backyard visitors. Snapping turtles may show up now and then. Alligators, too.

Reptiles live here in abundance. Perhaps the most often found in the yard and garden is the green anole, which is either green or brown, depending on environmental conditions. They, like most other reptiles found in the yard, are harmless.