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 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.

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 Time!  Turkeys turkeys everywhere!  This flock of wild turkeys was milling around in the morning hours finding lots of little seeds and bugs to eat.  You can often times find turkeys in more open woods such as pine forests like this one.  We at Imagine Our Florida hope that you have a great weekend!
Foto Friday Time! Turkeys turkeys everywhere! This flock of wild turkeys was milling around in the morning hours finding lots of little seeds and bugs to eat. You can often times find turkeys in more open woods such as pine forests like this one. We at Imagine Our Florida hope that you have a
-----The Supreme Court Looks into 20-Year Water Feud----To make a long story short Florida and Georgia have been at odds for decades as nutrients from upstream Georgia flowed into Florida estuaries and created a dead zone which damaged they oyster industry.  The feud has lasted so long the Supreme Court had become involved.  However, their eyes look to Florida for not including the Army Corp of Engineers in the decision process.  It seems that the Army Corp,
-----The Supreme Court Looks into 20-Year Water Feud----To make a long story short Florida and Georgia have been at odds for decades as nutrients from upstream Georgia flowed into Florida estuaries and created a dead zone which damaged they oyster industry. The feud has lasted so long the
Andy showing a young Floridian how bear scat plays an important role in the interdependence between the forest and bears.
Andy showing a young Floridian how bear scat plays an important role in the interdependence between the forest and bears.
Mom has now joined the conversation. The little girl grew sad because she just realized there are remnants of a plastic grocery bag in the bear scat.
Mom has now joined the conversation. The little girl grew sad because she just realized there are remnants of a plastic grocery bag in the bear scat.
Something wonderful has happened here. Another child has joined the conversation. The girl in pink has had her
Something wonderful has happened here. Another child has joined the conversation. The girl in pink has had her "AHA" moment. She is explaining to Andy how she can do her part to protect Florida Black Bears. Mom and the children are now armed with the scientific facts which empower them to
Your IOF team of educators at the Gainesville Veg Fest.Andy Waldo Dan N Nancy Kon
Your IOF team of educators at the Gainesville Veg Fest.Andy Waldo Dan N Nancy Kon
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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