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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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----- Saturday Saunter -----
Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

"This park is like nothing else in Florida. Being able to see the stars at night in unbelievable detail was absolutely worth the trip." Jonathan Holmes, IOF Contributor

There is a place in Florida that is world-renowned for stargazing. Designated as a Dark Sky Park due to the absence of light pollution, the stars and planets can be enjoyed the way nature intended.

Located in Okeechobee, Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park is part of the headwaters to the Everglades and is the largest remaining dry prairie ecosystem in Florida. Once spanning coast to coast and from Lake Okeechobee to Kissimmee, the prairie has been reduced to a mere 10% of its original expanse.

Throughout the years, humans have altered the prairie to suit their needs. The State Park is working to restore the land to pre-European influence. Over 70 miles of ditches and canals have been restored to swales and sloughs. Old plow lines are slated for reconditioning, and a cattle pasture will be restored to native shrubs and grasses. As a fire and flood dependent ecosystem, these efforts will allow the prairie to thrive once again.

The most famous resident of the prairie is the Florida Grasshopper Sparrow. Critically endangered, the sparrows rely on a healthy prairie ecosystem for survival. Crested Caracaras, Burrowing Owls, Wood Storks, Swallow-Tail Kites, and White-Tail Kites find refuge at the park. Watch for Bald Eagles, White-tailed Deer, and Indigo Snakes. Native wildflowers are abundant. Look for Blazing Stars, Yellow Bachelors Buttons, Meadow Beauty, Pipewort, and Alligator Lilies.

There is plenty to do at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve. Hiking, horseback riding, and biking are wonderful ways to experience Nature up close. Camping, primitive camping, and equestrian camping are offered for those who want to spend the night. A ranger-led prairie buggy tour and an astronomy pad are spectacular ways to enjoy the park.

For reservations, times, fees, and more click here:
https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/kissimmee-prairie-preserve-state-park

Photo Credit - Jonathan Holmes

#ImagineOurFlorida #IOF #GetOutside #KissimmeePrairiePreserveStatePark
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---Foto Friday---
Creeping Indigo Indigofera spicata

Creeping indigo is an invassive plant that originated in Africa. This plant is particularly concerning due to it's toxicity. It is highly toxic to cows, horses, and donkeys. Symptoms include a wide range of abnormal behavior such as mouth ulcers, dehydration, heavy breathing, high temperatures, rapid heartbeat, foaming of the mouth, pale mucous membrane, light sensitivity, lethargy, odd gaite, pressing their head into a corner, etc. Any abnormal behavior should be brought to the attention of a veterinarian.

This plant can spread rapidly and is difficult to remove due to its strong tap root. If you spot these popping up in your garden remove them before they become overwhelming.

What other invassive species can you think of in Florida?

#creepingindigo #invassivespecies #FLinvassivespecies #plants #toxicplants #toxic #Florida #ImagineOurFlorida
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----Offshore windfarms 'can provide more electricity than the world needs---

What are your thoughts?

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/24/offshore-windfarms-can-provide-more-electricity-than-the-world-needs
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--- Tuesday Trivia ---

Answer: This might surprise many people. Volcanoes are frequently thought of as these massive smoke causing disasters but annually they produce a small portion of the worlds carbon output. Here's a breakdown of how much each of the sources produces.

Vehicle use produces 24 gigatons per year
Volcanoes 0.15 to 0.26 gigaton per year
Coal fired electric plant produce 11 gigatons per year
Crops and livestock- 5 gigatons per year

Of course we can't all run out and purchase expensive electric cars and it's not always easy to take public transportation everyday. What we can do is to maintain our vehicles properly so they don't waste fuel. When it comes time to replace our vehicles we can look for ones with better gas mileage. As more fuel efficient vehicles are produced there will be more used vehicles entering the market which will become more affordable over time. Plus, there's also the savings on fuel costs and we all like to save some cash.

#climatechange #cars #CO2 #carbonfootprint #volcanoes #ImagineOurFlorida

References:

F.N. Tubiello, M. Salvatore,R.D. Cóndor Golec, A. Ferrara, S. Rossi,R. Biancalani, S. Federici, H. Jacobs, A. Flammini, Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use Emissions by Sources and Removals by Sinks, 2014, FAO Statistics Division Working Paper Series ESS/14-02

T.Gerlach, 2011, Volcanic Versus Anthropogenic
Carbon Dioxide, Eos, Vol. 92:24:201-208
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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

Please Post your Answer in the Comments.
Answer revealed tonight at 6 pm.
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