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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.

The Mystery of the Disappearing and Reappearing Green Anoles

July 7, 2018

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  Most who live in SW Florida will have noticed in their yards a very common small lizard, the brown or Cuban anole. It is an exotic species which has long been established here. The males extend a colorful orange/red dewlap while doing “push-ups” to establish territorial dominance. Brown anoles are now an important food […]

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Life Thrives at Wildflower Preserve

June 26, 2018

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      Although Wildflower Preserve in Englewood, FL, has in the past been one of my favorite areas for nature study, it has been in an extended hiatus for visitors during ecological restoration, and is only now in the final stages of wetland creation/restoration. Yet life there continues to astonish the senses at every […]

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Life at High Altitude is a Wonder

June 23, 2018

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    My wife and I visited Grayson Highlands State Park (GHSP) in VA recently and marveled at the diversity of life at high altitudes and how it differs from that at lower elevations. Conditions are much harsher as one approaches the peaks of mountains, and climates approximate those that occur much father north. Thus […]

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Small Fierce Predators Stalk Greenway Park

June 13, 2018

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    Hundreds of people use the beautiful Boone, NC, Greenway Park daily for recreation and likely do not think about the myriads of small predatory interactions that occur there among the resident animals. Indeed if you were the size of their prey you would definitely not want to be anywhere near these creatures. Insects […]

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A Lake that Lives When it Dries ?

May 30, 2018

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  Lemon Lake within Amberjack Preserve in Charlotte County, FL, is a most unusual body of water. It is a natural and thus very shallow FL lake with a tenuous tidal connection via Lemon Creek to Lemon Bay through Wildflower Preserve. But this creek is constricted with mangroves and mud and only the highest tides […]

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