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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.

Some Fabulous Flowers of Late Fall in SW Florida

December 9, 2017

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Although you do not generally think about late fall as a time for beautiful flowers, there are indeed some very interesting native and exotic flowers in bloom that are attractive to butterflies and other insects. On the beach you typically expect to see the striking pink/purple morning glories that are called railroad vines. But on […]

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Coastal Marvels of Nature in SW Florida

November 24, 2017

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If you walk outside with a keen eye for observation you will never lack for something interesting to see. As I hiked to Stump Pass along the beach I was struck by the beauty of this stump of a dead Australian pine or casuarina. Most of these have been killed by park personnel since they […]

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Nature’s Fall Delights in SW Florida

November 12, 2017

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As approaching winter is beginning to extend its icy grip across the northern states, on the Gulf coast shoreline of Charlotte County in Florida we still experience some very warm days interspersed with the occasional passage of a cool front. We are fortunate to live along the gulf coast shoreline and can switch from observations […]

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Welcome to Florida in Late October, 2017

November 2, 2017

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We arrived back in Florida the last week of October after establishing a new summer base in Boone, NC. It is interesting to look for natural clues to the time of year in a place such as Florida which is green all year. Some of the pine flatwoods have beautiful displays of pink/purple flowers- rose […]

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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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