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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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Sea Turtles Rule the Beach at Manasota Key

July 16, 2017

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If you are an environmentalist you rarely have a day that lifts your spirits up if you think too much about the future, with massive increases in human population and over-utilization of planetary resources. However there is a feel-good story going on right now out at Manasota Beach. The number of sea turtle nests on […]

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A Southern Appalachian Mountain Nature High

July 3, 2017

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Since we are “homeless” during the summer after selling our VA farm, we have been alternating trips to northern cooler climates with stays in Englewood, FL. We have been exploring the possibility of buying a summer home near Boone, NC, and visited with family in WV near Seneca Rocks. The southern Appalachians are a beautiful […]

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Following a Florida Spring to Michigan

June 9, 2017

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We had a very exciting spring migration of neotropical birds through our Manasota Key yard in mid-April to early May, and when it was over we definitely yearned for more. Since we were scheduled to attend a grandson’s high school graduation in Interlochen, MI, on May 27, this provided a perfect opportunity to catch the […]

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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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