Imagine Our Florida, Inc. 

 
Working Together
to Preserve and Protect
Florida’s
Natural Resources, Wildlife and Land

Imagine Our Florida is bringing people together in a shared vision to preserve and protect Florida’s wildlife, habitat and ecosystem. We are accomplishing 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 them, 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, we are prepared to instruct them 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 20 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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Foto Friday!  What could be nicer than a native pollinator and a native flower. This southern carpenter bee, Xylocopa micans, is stopping by a flowering pennyroyal, Piloblephis rigida.  The carpenter bee is a solitary bee that lives for one year.  They nest in the wood of dead trees.  Like other pollinators, carpenter bees are important to the survival of many species of plants. Pennyroyal is a member of the mint family and can be found is sunny areas of sandy soil along forest edges.  It can be brewed into a tea as well.Get ready for spring.  The woods are beginning their transformation now and in a few weeks should be all dressed up in the spring attire!  And as a fair warning to all our Foto Friday followers, brace yourself for an onslaught of flower photos as the woods erupt in spring splendor.  I promise I will do my best to inject some animals into the mix.
Foto Friday! What could be nicer than a native pollinator and a native flower. This southern carpenter bee, Xylocopa micans, is stopping by a flowering pennyroyal, Piloblephis rigida. The carpenter bee is a solitary bee that lives for one year. They nest in the wood of dead trees. Like other
Be sure to tune in tonight at 8pm for IOF's live radio interview with world renowned Dr. Briar Lee Mitchell. Http://www.artistfirst.com/briarlee.htm#briarlee #imagineourflorida #floridawildlife
Be sure to tune in tonight at 8pm for IOF's live radio interview with world renowned Dr. Briar Lee Mitchell. Http://www.artistfirst.com/briarlee.htm#briarlee #imagineourflorida #floridawildlife
Be sure to tune in tonight at 8pm for IOF's live radio interview with world renowned Dr. Briar Lee Mitchell. Http://www.artistfirst.com/briarlee.htm#briarlee #imagineourflorida #floridawildlife
Be sure to tune in tonight at 8pm for IOF's live radio interview with world renowned Dr. Briar Lee Mitchell. Http://www.artistfirst.com/briarlee.htm#briarlee #imagineourflorida #floridawildlife
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----Foto Friday----Blue-Eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium angustifolium) is a common flower throughout the U. S. and is found in most counties in Florida.  This little wildflower is also used for landscaping.  It prefers damp conditions near wetlands.  The roots were used by Indigionous people for tea and to help sooth an upset stomach.  These little flowers should be appearing as we enter the spring months.
----Foto Friday----Blue-Eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium angustifolium) is a common flower throughout the U. S. and is found in most counties in Florida. This little wildflower is also used for landscaping. It prefers damp conditions near wetlands. The roots were used by Indigionous people for tea and
----The results are in!---Based upon the answers to our survey a few weeks ago this word cloud shows that Manatees lead the way as the most favored animal.  Below are the final results.  Thank you everyone for participating. Is your favorite animal listed?  If not, tell us what your favorite is in the comments and let us know why.   #florida1st place: #Manatee2nd place: #bear #panther3rd place: #gophertortoise4th place: #PygmyRattlesnake #Pinesnake #Scrubjay #Pelican #Deer #all
----The results are in!---Based upon the answers to our survey a few weeks ago this word cloud shows that Manatees lead the way as the most favored animal. Below are the final results. Thank you everyone for participating. Is your favorite animal listed? If not, tell us what your favorite is
-- Press Release from Florida Conservation Coalition --IOF appreciates the efforts of  Senator Bradley and Senator Book in this beginning step to honor the demands of millions Florida voters to acquire conservation lands before it's too late.Be sure you are registered to vote.  Your voice counts. https://static1.squarespace.com/static/57b48d561b631b812c3d6c8f/t/5a7860c5085229a6169dcff0/1517838536277/Press+Release-+FCC+Applauds+Senate+Work+on+Florida+Forever.pd
-- Press Release from Florida Conservation Coalition --IOF appreciates the efforts of Senator Bradley and Senator Book in this beginning step to honor the demands of millions Florida voters to acquire conservation lands before it's too late.Be sure you are registered to vote. Your voice