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Questions That Arise During Nature Study in SW Florida During Late Spring

May 18, 2017

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Most things in nature intrigue and often mystify me. I like to paraphrase the saying that nature is not rocket science, it is far more complicated ! In addition to the intrinsic beauty of flowers, biologists find evolutionary meaning in variable colors and form. For example look at the flower of a Cassia fistula which […]

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Migrant Bird Mini-“Fallout” Dazzles Local Birders

April 26, 2017

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Many birds that have spent the winter in Central and South America migrate directly across the Gulf of Mexico. Strong northwest winds on April 24-25, however, brought an abundance of these birds to the yards and parks of the Florida west coast from Ft. Desoto near Tampa to Charlotte County. For example, arrivals to our […]

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Osprey Babies in the Nest

April 21, 2017

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  If you are near the coast or a river you will have recently noticed osprey nests with the adults flying around and making a lot of noise. In some cases you cannot see babies in the nest because it is so high, but today while on Don Pedro Island I found a very visible […]

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A Most Exciting Time of Year: Neotropical BIrd Migration

April 15, 2017

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In April, birds that have been wintering in Central and South America and southern states such as Florida are now flying north to areas of the US and Canada where they will breed.   In our region of Florida we get most of our migrants when they are blown here by westerly winds away from their major northerly migratory routes from Yucatan to […]

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Signs of the Times: Early April in SW Florida

April 6, 2017

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In late March and early April there are many natural signs of the changes that occur during spring. Flowers bloom, some animals breed and bird migration increases. I was pleased to see a young sweet bay magnolia plant blooming at Wildflower Preserve. These ancient blooms represent the early stages of flower evolution where a single […]

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