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Mid Winter Nature Treats

January 15, 2018

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As naturalists in SW Florida we are fortunate to be able to enjoy seeing flowers, butterflies and birds active for most of the winter despite occasional cold fronts that can deliver temperatures close to freezing even along the coast. It is always a shock to see willows blooming in January! But it is interesting that […]

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Natural Delights of Winter in our Forida Yard

January 3, 2018

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During some winter cold waves I find myself hunkering down in our house and yard and not venturing out to local natural areas as much as usual. This provides an opportunity to more closely observe natural events in our little bit of the biosphere. Since we have a tiny but verdant slice of a gulf […]

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Some Natural Beauties of Myakka State Forest in mid-December

December 21, 2017

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  Dec. 17 was the designated day for the Venice Audubon Christmas Bird Count in 2017 and my territory was the Myakka State Forest, an 8592 acre piece of old Florida made up of hydric flatwoods, unusually pure freshwater ponds, and tidal wetlands along the estuarine Myakka River. I treasure this opportunity to enjoy nature […]

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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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