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IOF 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.

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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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---Tuesday Trivia ---

Which of these produces more gigatons of carbon output annually?

A. Agriculture
B. Volcanoes
C. Vehicles
D. Coal plants

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"Protecting these beautiful natural landscapes does not simply mean we'll have nice places to go on vacation one day. It'll help protect our health in the long run. "

Have protected lands helped improve your health? Share your experience in the comments.
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- Saturday Saunter
- Viera Wetlands -

One mile of shoreline, wildflowers, and birds draw over 200,000 people each year to the Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands which is commonly known as Viera Wetlands. Named in honor of a long-time Brevard County employee and awarded a grant by the Florida Wildflower Foundation, the wetlands are a popular destination for ecotourists, birders, photographers, and wildflower enthusiasts.

There are 200 acres to explore at Viera Wetlands. Walk or bike around the berms. Enjoy the scenery from your car as you leisurely drive no more than 10 mph along the one way, unpaved road. (The road is occasionally closed to vehicles when too wet.) Revel in the beauty of wildflowers along the banks of the lakes and ponds. Notice the different plants in dry areas as well as those in wet areas. The plants work together to stabilize the soils without the need for fertilizers and irrigation. What pollinators will you discover?

Birds abound at Viera Wetlands which is included in the Great Florida Birding Trail. Get a better view of the wetlands from the observation tower. Keep your eyes open otters, marsh rabbits, and raccoons who make their homes there along with an abundance of amphibians and reptiles. Look for beautiful butterflies and striking Painting Buntings.

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-Photo Credit - Andy Waldo

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---Foto Friday---
Male Regal Jumping Spider Phidippus regius

These cute little fuzzy spiders are typically found around immature woodland habitats. They can also be found hanging out on your windsheild. Males are identified by their black and white features. Females are grey or brown in color. These spiders may be expert jumpers but they also produce a drag line in case they miss their target.

Males perform a romantic dance to woo the females. They show off their handsome leg fringe and bright metallic green chelicerae. If the lady is impressed they will cohabitate in dried leaves such as old palm fronds. When the mating time arrives the male does another type of romantic dance that is different from his courtship dance. During this dance he shows off his dance moves and then plays a game of peek-a-boo with the female through the tent-like web. Once the female allows him in, he softly pets her several times before mating occurs. Quite the charmer isn't he?

When it comes time to lay eggs the female will produce several nests under pine and oak trees. Several hundred eggs can be laid during this time. Babies will consume small invertebrates. While they may strike fear into other insects they are relatively harmless to humans. Rough handling of the spiders may prompt a bite which can sting for several minutes before subsiding.

Do you know an animal that performs an interesting mating dance?

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----Checkout our advocacy lesson plan series---

Are you just getting started in advocacy? Are you upset about an environmental problem in your area? Maybe you want to find out how to improve your advocacy skills a bit more? Checkout our six part advocacy series starting with "Being Effective". You'll learn the how to look for public comments opportunities, who to talk to about issues, how to best communicate, and more. You can find them at the link below.

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