Eluding the camera, but not my attention

Over the past few days, three monarch butterflies have brought joyful pause—two in our backyard and one monarch floating low towards the ferns and palmettos of open light at the nearby Red Bug Slough preserve.

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Where there was fire

This photo was inspired by the time-lapse video posted last month by the Nature Conservancy.fire1

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Everglades National Park, Shark Valley hike

As I hiked back along the loop trail at Shark Valley, I put my hat low to keep the sun out of my eyes. Here the land is as it would have looked a century ago. But I began to think about how it might have been different. I think about the small changes in the stream that ebbs–moving slower than a quarter of a mile per hour south–through and under the tall grass and sapling cypress and the rocky soil.

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Into the Wild Flowers

I followed a faint path through the tall grass to see where it would lead.  

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Osprey’s breakfast! Fish in talons

This Osprey landed in a nearby pine with its breakfast in talons.

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Bluffton Birds 3: Male Painted Bunting

Last but not least, here is the Male Painted Bunting, the most colorful of songbirds:

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Virginia Key planned as Port project’s dumping site

UPDATE: This post was picked up by the industry news Web site Dredging Today after it was posted on this blog. Virginia Key Park’s North Point is the targeted site for excavated debris drilled from the billion-dollar Port of Miami project. The North Point proposed dumping site is located on the northern stretch of the mostly-undeveloped 1,300-acre barrier island adjacent to a state-designated critical wildlife area.

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Everglades Roseate Spoonbill nests decrease

This is the third in my series on how Everglades Restoration would change the wildlife and landscape of South Florida’s River of Grass: A 2010 study overlooked by the media shows that the overall number of Roseate Spoonbill nests in the Everglades watershed was more than 60 percent lower than wildlife officials had set as a threshold for the Spoonbill’s recovery at the time. A copy of the report can be found here on the Web page for the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force (SFERTF).

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Wood Stork is one Indicator of our Environment’s Health

I’m always glad to see one of these endangered wading birds gliding overhead.

Wood Stork at Yamato Scrub Natural Area

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Gopher Tortoise

This Gopher Tortoise was munching on grass at Yamato Scrub.

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