Native Wildlife

Regardless of when you visit Callaway Gardens, you’re sure to encounter some form of wildlife. Following are a few things to look for when you’re out and about.

Look for buffleheads and other wintering ducks on the lakes. Flocks of robins and cedar waxwings gobble up every holly berry in sight.

Bluebirds begin to scout for nesting locations, Spring peepers begin to call at night and purple martins arrive from their winter homes in South America. Also watch for a mourning cloak butterfly in flight on a sunny day.

Listen to the cheery music of cardinals, chickadees, flickers and Carolina wrens as they begin the nesting season.

Ruby-throated hummingbirds arrive from their overwintering grounds in Mexico and Central America. Watch for them nectaring on azaleas.

Songbirds such as cardinals, robins, titmice and woodpeckers are busy feeding their young. Great blue herons gracefully patrol lakes and ponds for fish.

Fireflies light up Summer evenings while female water turtles wander across dry land searching for places to lay their eggs. Look for large fox squirrels - their black masks are unmistakable as they scamper among the trees, particularly around our golf course areas.

Tiger swallowtail butterflies nectar on plumleaf azaleas and colorful dragonflies dart about near lakes. Fish feeders on the Callaway Discovery Center Bridge enable guests to interact with bluegill bream.

Watch for purple martins as they depart for their wintering grounds in South America.

Kingfishers love to dive for fish in Callaway Gardens’ lakes. More than a thousand blue morpho butterflies bring an electrifying sparkle to the Day Butterfly Center.

Monarch butterflies migrate through this area on their way to Mexico and cloudless sulphur butterflies are commonly seen nectaring on Fall-blooming flowers.

Chipmunks and gray squirrels are busy feasting on a late-Fall bounty of acorns.

Look for woodpeckers, titmice, chickadees, cardinals and many other species of birds visiting the birdfeeders located thoughout the Gardens.