Imagine Our Florida, Inc. 

 

Is on a Mission to Educate and Empower the people of Florida

to become a voice for our wildlife, advocate for environmental stewardship,

and coexist within our unique ecosystems.

Our purpose is to bring people together in a shared vision to preserve and protect Florida’s wildlife, habitat, and ecosystems. We plan to accomplish this via science-based education and the development of appreciation and respect for the natural world and our place within it.

Using our custom designed lesson plans,  IOF volunteers encourage critical thinking through exploration and discovery.  We make it a fun, hands-on experience while showing people of all ages how to put away their phones and connect with Florida’s wildlife and wild spaces. When folks understand the sentient beings with whom we share our state, they learn to respect rather than fear them. They begin to realize the importance of the land and water we share. Therefore, IOF offers opportunities for beach cleanups and teaches the importance of recycling. For those who want to advocate on behalf of  Florida’s wildlife or natural resources, IOF is prepared to instruct folks of all ages on how to be most effective.  In addition, IOF will soon launch groundbreaking research which will provide a better understanding of human-caused stress in Florida Black Bears and will potentially lead to the proposal of more responsible wildlife management practices.  There are over 21 million Floridians and 113 million annual visitors, all of whom can become voices for our voiceless wildlife. When each of us does our part, no matter how big or small, we can all begin to Imagine Our Florida where we peacefully coexist with our native wild friends.
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    Our purpose is to bring people together in a shared vision to preserve and protect Florida's wildlife, habitat and ecosystem. We plan to accomplish this via science- based education and the development of appreciation and respect for the natural world and our place within it.
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    Importance of Mangrove Forests
    Although they are regarded as one of the most important ecosystems, mangrove forests are among the most threatened habitats in the world, and mangrove loss i...
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    Volunteer Spotlight

    Donnalee Hilden has set up numerous IOF displays at libraries throughout Highlands County. Thousands of people have stopped to learn about embryonic diapause, securing bear attractants and the biggest threat to manatees. This month, Donnalee set up not one, but 2 displays at the Sebring Library. Thousands more children and their families will learn to #connect, #respect, and #coexist with Florida's beloved Manatees and Bears. Thank you Donnalee, for reaching so many.

    Melanie Lulue has traveled from Tampa to South Orlando to Northern Volusia County to volunteer. Neither rain nor 98* temperatures keep her away from tabling at indoor or outdoor events. When asked why she does what she does, Melanie replied, "because I care." Thank you for caring Melanie. Your efforts to #educate, #empower, and #MakeaDifference have caused the hundreds of people you have met and educated to make the necessary changes to protect Florida's wildlife and wild spaces.

    These ladies work hard to carry out IOF's mission to educate and empower the people of Florida to become a voice for our wildlife, advocate for environmental stewardship, and coexist within our unique ecosystems.
    Because of them, seeds have been planted and people are learning to protect Florida's wildlife and coexist within our shared ecosystems.

    Melanie and Donnalee, we are grateful for your gift of time to protect what is precious to all of us. You give us hope that the generations yet to be born will enjoy Florida in all of its natural beauty abundant with clean water and healthy ecosystems where humans and our wild friends will thrive. 🐾🥰

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    What a cute little sea turtle. Did you know albinism is caused by a mutation in one of several genes that affects melanin? For some animals it can be life threatening if they can not blend in to their environment. Other animals adapt with no problems and for a select few they can even benefit from it by adapting to new surrounding. Have you ever seen an animal with albinism?

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    ---Saturday Saunter---
    ---Blowing Rocks Preserve---

    Blowing Rocks is a barrier island composed of Anastasia limestone shores which can produce spectacular dances of waves as they thrash against the stone and bounce higher than a house.

    In 1969 Jupiter Island residents donated 73 acres of land towards conservation. The land would become a haven for endangered species such as the green, loggerhead, and leatherback sea turtles. It also houses one of Florida's most endangered ecosystems, the sand dune. Volunteers over several decades have removed Australian pines and Brazilian pepper, invasive species to Florida. The dunes were restored with sea grapes, sea oats, beach sunflowers, and bay cedar.

    There are many activities that you can take part in at Blowing Rocks Preserve. The park attracts nature photographers, hikers, campers, snorkelers, and bird watchers. Have you visited Blowing Rocks Preserve? Tell us what your favorite part of the trip was.

    Photo credit: Marc Goldberg
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