It appears that I will be visiting the Orlando area of Florida for two weeks in October. As I have the use of a friend’s villa it will be a more relaxed affair than my usual trips and I won’t be making many overnight trips from Kissimmee.
I’ve visited Florida several times before and have already seen most of the ’Florida Specials’ on offer. However, I’ve still got plenty of bats and rodents left to see and would greatly appreciate any information or advice.
As the villa backs onto a large area of pineland/scrub and I’m hoping to throw out a few small mammal traps. Does anyone know if a permit is required in Florida? (Not had much luck researching my question online).
Also, does anyone know any good sites for Florida Black Bear? I understand the Ocala Nat. Forest is good. Any particular areas?
I would also appreciate information on local sites for Eastern Fox Squirrel, Southern Flying Squirrel, Rice Rat, Oldfield Mouse and Round-tailed Muskrat (yes, I know the last one is a tough one). Also, any local bat roosts to check out?
I plan to drive to Naples for a couple of nights and spend some time driving around Big Cypress. I understand that Jane’s scenic drive in Fakahatchee is a good place to chance upon a Florida Panther or Black Bear. Any other roads I could try at night (when the scenic drive is closed)?
Finally, from a previous RFI on here I believe Archbold Biological Station is good for Florida Mouse. Has anyone had any luck getting permission to access the reserve after hours? I doubt they would allow me to set some traps but I guess I could always ask.
Any other hints/tips greatly appreciated.