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Bill Dunson

About Bill Dunson

Bill Dunson, born in rural Georgia, skipped 12th grade and went directly to Yale. Bill subsequent-ly received a PhD in Zoology from the University of Michigan, studying softshell turtles. Bill is Professor Emeritus of Pennsylvania State University thanks to a career spent entirely at that institution, teaching and doing research on the physio-logical ecology and ecotoxiciology of reptiles, amphibians and fish. Always curious about nature, Bill has dedicated his life to learning and sharing his knowledge with others. He has served on many advisory boards here in Southwest Florida to preserve the water that gives life to our region.

Wonders of Nature in Fall Along the Blue Ridge

October 10, 2017

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  Although now in early October we are still awaiting full fall color in the forest leaves, there are many other interesting natural phenomenon to be observed. For example fruit ripening is well underway and there are many variations in shape and color of both fruit and ancillary structures. For example the native but invasive […]

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Natural Signs of Fall in the Blue Ridge

September 23, 2017

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    After 14 years of reporting natural events from our beloved Galax, VA, farm, we have moved to a smaller summer home on two acres. We were fortunate to find a spot that has a great deal of natural beauty and habitat diversity, close to the Blue Ridge Parkway and the small university town […]

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Nature in the Blue Ridge as Summer Comes to a Close

August 30, 2017

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During the past few weeks in August I have been centered in the Blue Ridge mountains near Boone, NC but have sallied out to Galax, VA, and briefly down to the Piedmont in Gastonia, NC. The nights have been getting cooler (down to 55 F once) but the days are still sunny and warm. Most […]

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An August Nature Ramble in the Blue Ridge

August 21, 2017

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    After Margaret and I sold our 107 acre wildlife farm near Galax, VA, last November, we have been “homeless” during the summer escape from Florida heat. We are slated to close soon on a home with two acres near Boone. NC, as a replacement that will better suit our aging bodies. In the […]

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The Awesome Nature of Florida in Summer

July 24, 2017

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The very aspects of the Florida climate that motivate humans to migrate north in summer (high temperature and humidity plus often daily rainfall) make this an ideal situation for plant and animal growth. In addition the storm clouds can generate spectacular sunrises and sunsets as my photo of Lemon Bay at dawn shows. The huge […]

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