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.
Connect. Respect. Coexist.

Upcoming events

  • 19 Oct 2019

    Imagine Our Florida at Backyard Diversity Day hosted by Tarflow

    Tarflower Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society – Backyard Biodiversity Day 2019 Meade Gardens – 1300 S Denning Dr,…
  • 19 Oct 2019

    St. Petersburg Science Festival

    Poynter Park 1000 3rd St S, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33701
  • 19 Oct 2019

    2019 Umatilla Wildlife Festival

    Come see Imagine Our Florida’s education program on the Florida Black Bear and how our bears control their own populations.…
  • 26 Oct 2019

    Oakland Heritage Wildlife Festival

    Imagine Our Florida, together with IOF’s ambassador Slow Mama, will be presenting our hands-on lesson plan to connect, respect, and…
  • 09 Nov 2019

    Native Rhythms Festival 2019

    The Indian River Flute Circle and Native Heritage Gathering, Inc. proudly present the eleventh annual gathering of the Native Rhythms Festival. This three day…

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Imagine Our Florida, Inc.

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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This is conservation at its finest.
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Orianne Center For Indigo Conservation
We are starting the process of #breeding Indigos now! Looking forward to this next season of pairings. Hoping it will be a good year with a healthy number of clutches. In the video, the male is on top pursuing the female. #ocic
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Join us on Sunday for Charity Bingo
at Friendly Confines in Altamonte Springs!

Football, Prizes, and Fun!
Great food and drinks.
Win an Autographed Jersey!
Proceeds benefit Imagine Our Florida.
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--- Saturday Saunter ---
J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge -Sanibel Island

Jay Norwood "Ding" Darling convinced President Harry Truman to protect environmentally valuable land on Sanibel Island from developers. In 1945 President Truman signed an Executive Order, and J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge was created. Today, it is part of the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem in the United States.

J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge offers refuge to countless animals, including those who are threatened or endangered. There are over 245 species of birds in its 6400 acres of mangrove forests, open waters, tropical hardwood hammock, seagrass beds, freshwater marsh, and Mudflats.

Federally and State listed species seek haven at Ding Daring Wildlife Refuge. Piping Plovers, Black Skimmers, Roseate Spoonbills, Burrowing Owls, West Indian Manatees, Sanibel Island Rice Rats, and Loggerhead Sea Turtles make their homes here. Aboriginal prickly-apple and Barbed wire cacti are protected from development within the refuge. Visitors from all over the world travel to Sanibel to catch a glimpse of and photograph The Big 5: the American White Pelican, Mangrove Cuckoo, Reddish Egret, Roseate Spoonbill, and the Yellow-crowned Night-Heron.

Calusa Indians once made their home in the hardwood hammock among Gumbo Limbo trees, Strangler Figs, and Sea Grape trees. Take a short walk down the Shellmound Trail and discover remnants of shells which along with other waste, grew into mounds. The change in soil chemistry and height created a subtropical maritime hammock.

The 4-mile wildlife drive offers visitors the opportunity to drive, bike, or hike along the paved road. There are plenty of spaces to park and get out of your car for wildlife viewing. Four walking trails: the Indigo Trail, the Wildlife Education Boardwalk, Shellmound Trail, and Wulfert Keys Trail are accessible from the wildlife drive. A 90 minute guided tour aboard a tram is available. Walk or bike the Bailey tract to enjoy freshwater plants and wildlife. Launch your canoe, kayak, or boat or take a guided canoe, kayak or paddleboard tour at one of the designated sites.

For more information, times and to plan your trip, click here: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/JN_Ding_Darling/

#ImagineOurFlorida #IOF #JNDingDarlingWildlifePreserve
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--- Double-crested Cormorant - The Sea Raven ---

Cormorant is derived from the Latin word corvus which means raven and marinus which means sea.

Cormorants, Phalacrocorax auritus, are brownish-black with black webbed feet and legs and a reddish-orange face and beak. You will often find them floating low in the water or with their wings outstretched along the shores of coastal areas, rivers, swamps, and lakes. Because their oil glands do not waterproof their rings, cormorants will find a sunny spot to dry their wings.

Cormorants may feed alone or in flocks. Finding their favorite foods, fish and invertebrates like shrimp and crabs, may require them to dive up to 60 feet and remain submerged for more than a minute. Cormorants are not picky eaters and their diets vary by season. They enjoy treats such as eels, plants, frogs, and an occasional snake.

Courtship is a big deal for Sea Ravens. A Male will use his wings to splash, swim in zig-zag patterns, and dive for vegetation to present to a female. He will crouch at his chosen nest site and call out to his desired female while vibrating his wings. Nesting usually takes place in a large colony which is sometimes shared with other wading birds. Using twigs, sticks, seaweed, and grass collected mostly by the male, the female constructs most of the nest in a tree or on the ground near the water. Cormorants incubate their 3-4 eggs with their webbed feet. Both the male and female will feed the chicks until they are about 10 weeks old and ready to leave the nest.

Before 1966 populations significantly decreased from hunting and pesticides such as DDT. Today, cormorants are once again widespread and abundant. This heartwarming story of the Sea Ravens who not only survived persecution from humans but who are now thriving can be repeated with today's endangered and threatened animals. It's up to us to teach folks of all ages to #connect, #respect, and #coexist with our wildlife and within our shared ecosystems.

#ImagineOurFlorida #IOF #Cormorant #SeaRaven
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---85% of Florida Beaches Expected to Erode---

U.S. Geological Survey released a new interactive map showing possible changes in Florida beaches under different conditions. You can explore different scenarios by following the link.
#ImagineOurFlorida #IOF #beach #beacherosion

https://marine.usgs.gov/coastalchangehazardsportal/
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--- Answer to Tuesday Trivia ---
- Trees - What are They Good For? -

🌳Absorb carbon dioxide which curbs climate change
🌳Provide Oxygen for us to breathe.
🌳Absorb airborne pollutants like carbon monoxide and sulfur dioxide which threaten our health.
🌳Provide food.
🌳Provide medicine.

🌳Protect our watersheds by absorbing rainwater run off with all of its human-made pollutants.
🌳Roots help prevent erosion.
🌳Used for phytoremediation which degrades or immobilizes contaminants in soil.

🌳Home to 80% of biodiversity on land.
🌳Forests provide a home for 300 million people.

🌳Shade our homes so we use fewer resources to run our air conditioners.
🌳Reduce flooding when they aid land in the water absorption.
🌳Block wind.
🌳Muffle noise of cars and other human inventions.
🌳Raise our property values.

Perhaps most importantly, they give us a place to escape to when our stress levels are high from the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives. Make a date with some trees near you. No appointment is necessary. Schedule your time now to walk among them.

#ImagineOurFlorida #IOF #trees #getoutside