The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area is preserved area owned by the Bureau of Land Management. Although at first sight its not teaming with large herds of wildebeest being hunted down by prides of Lion, the area is equally diverse, with all the players that are found on the Serengeti. The top mammals in the food chain seem to be the Gray Fox and Coyote.  Whilst the top bird predators that we saw were Ospreys, Red Shouldered Hawk and the American Kestrel. On any walk around the area, if you keep your eyes open you can come across a whole host of smaller species from  invertebrates to reptiles.

Osprey with fish.


Osprey with fish

Golden orb-weaver Spider on the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area


Golden orb-weaver Spider

 

Gray Fox caught on a trail camera


Gray Fox caught on a trail camera

The preserve is bordered by the Indian river which in winter is home to Endangered West Indian Manatees. Manatee are not the only endangered and protected species to be found on the preserve, as a number of gopher tortoise have taken up residents along the edge of the area. The Florida Scrub Jay has also been sighted on the reserve on a number of occasions.

I’ve add a list of the Special Status Species that can be found on the preserve below.

Gopher Tortoise


Gopher Tortoise

Eastern Lubber grasshopper


Eastern Lubber grasshopper

One thing we did notice on all our visits to the site was the abundance of butterflies..

Zebra Butterfly


Zebra Butterfly

Julia Heliconian Butterfly


Julia Heliconian Butterfly

Yellow Warbler


Yellow Warbler

Young Mangroves


Young Mangroves

Blue-tailed-Skink


Blue-tailed-Skink

 

Special Status Species

Many of which are Federal and State-listed as Endangered or Threatened.

  • Four-petal pawpaw.
  • Perforate lichen.
  • Florida Scrub Jay.
  • West Indian manatee. 
  • Gopher tortoise.
  • Brown pelican.
  • Little Blue Heron.
  • Tri-colored heron.
  • Curtiss milkweed.
  • Large-leaved rosemary.
  • Nodding pinweed.
  • Banded wild pine.
  • Reflexed wild pine.
  • Giant wild pine.
  • Common wild pine.