Hi, I have a week long family vacation from UK to Port Charlotte area of the gulf coast of Florida at the end of May. It’s primarily a family break, then a birding trip but my son and I are well and truly starting to get the mammal watching bug and would love to be able to see something of interest in the limited time we have. We’ve visited Florida many times but never really made any great attempts to see mammals. We’ve seen manatees, raccoons, white-tailed deer, armadillo….and that’s about it. We’re novices, but keen!
so, I guess I’m after help in a few areas…
1. We will be based around Port Charlotte/Punta Gorda area. Any tips on local (up to an hour away) sites that could be interesting, especially places that we could easily spotlight?
2. We may be able to sneak away one evening for a more adventurous trip, maybe up to 2 hours away if there are any more interesting evening/nighttime locations.
3. We are flying into/out of Miami and so will have the opportunity to drive across the state a couple of times. We will be leaving the airport in Miami around 6pm to drive to Punta Gorda and will have the whole of the last day to make our way back to the airport , needing to be there about 4pm. Could we use this time usefully to spend a bit of time chasing down mammal sightings?
We are keen to see opossums, skunks, marsh rabbits…well just about anything really!
Sorry for so many questions, I hope someone can help. We’re going to have limited time and want to use it as best we can. I have read the trip reports in this site but not really managed to get my head around where we should be trying.
Thank you. Nick Holmes