Beidler Forest

Wildlife at Beidler

The swamp is full of strange bedfellows. Photo: Mac Stone

Beidler Forest is the world’s largest virgin cypress-tupelo swamp forest — a pristine ecosystem untouched for millennia.  Wildlife here are plentiful and varied, including:


  • Barred Owl (year-round)
  • Brown Creeper (winter)
  • Hermit Thrush (winter)
  • Hooded Warbler (spring/summer/fall)
  • Kinglets (Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned — winter)
  • Northern Parula (spring/summer)
  • Prothonotary Warbler (spring/summer)
  • Red-shouldered Hawk (year-round)
  • Swallow-tailed Kite (spring/summer)
  • Yellow-crowned Night Heron (spring/summer)
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo (spring/summer)
  • Winter Wren (winter)
  • White Ibis (late spring/summer/fall)
  • Woodpeckers (Pileated, Red-bellied, Downy, Hairy, and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker — year-round)
  • Vireos (White-eyed and Red-eyed — spring/summer/fall.  Blue-headed — winter)
  • And more . . . .

Check out a complete list of recent bird sitings here.


  • Bats (nine species, including the declining Big-eared Bat, can be seen on night walks)
  • Bobcat
  • Gray Squirrel
  • Long-Tailed Weasel
  • Marsh Rabbit
  • Nine-banded Armadillo (a non-native species)
  • Raccoon
  • Red Fox
  • River Otter
  • Virginia Opossum
  • White-tailed Deer
  • And more . . . .

Reptiles & Amphibians

  • American Alligator
  • Banded Watersnake
  • Bronze Frog
  • Brown Watersnake
  • Eastern Cottonmouth
  • Eastern Mud Turtle
  • Greenish Rat Snake
  • Spotted Turtle
  • Yellow-bellied Slider
  • And more . . . .

Spiders & Insects

  • Dark Fishing Spider
  • Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly
  • Great Blue Skimmer Dragonfly
  • Marbled Orbweaver
  • Red-femured Orbweaver
  • Tussock Moth Caterpillars
  • And more . . . .

This is just a small sampling of the wildlife we see at Beidler Forest.   Please come explore for yourself!

Photo Gallery

Red-bellied Water Snake (Nerodia erythrogaster) Photo: Mark Musselman
White Tailed Deer fawn (Odocoileus virginianus) Photo: Mark Musselman
Bobcat kittens (Lynx rufus) Photo: Mark Musselman
Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea) Photo: Mark Musselman
Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia) Photo: Mark Musselman
Bronze Frog (Lithobates clamitans clamitans) Photo: Mark Musselman
Prothonotary Warbler eggs Photo: Mark Musselman
Water Moccasin/Eastern Cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus) Photo: Mark Musselman
Hooded Warbler (Setophaga citrina) on Muscadine Grape (Vitis rotundifolia) Photo: Mark Musselman
Photo: Mark Musselman
Photo: Mark Musselman
Swallow-tailed Kite (Elanoides forficatus) Photo: Mark Musselman
Yellow-bellied Slider (Trachemys scripta scripta) (background), Eastern Musk Turtle (Sternotherus odoratus) (foreground) Photo: Mark Musselman
Photo: Mark Musselman
Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea) Photo: Mark Musselman
Ebony Jewelwing (Calopteryx maculata) Photo: Mark Musselman
Red Maple (Acer rubrum) seeds Photo: Mark Musselman
White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) Photo: Mark Musselman

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