Bottomland Wildlife

Bottomland forests are habitat for many wildlife species. Plants in these forests produce fruits, nuts, and flowers that wildlife eat. Because these forest types alternate between wet and dry periods, they are especially important sites for breeding amphibians. Resident birds use these forests throughout the year for nesting and feeding and these areas are especially important for neotropical birds during migration periods.   Bottomland forests are also important travel corridors for mammals, reptiles and amphibians.  The Importance of Bottomland Hardwood Forests for Wildlife  from the University of Florida Extension covers the plants and wildlife found in bottomland hardwoods as well as how to manage these unique forests for wildlife.