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.
Connect. Respect. Coexist.

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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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If you missed Christmas in the Cloud at Amazing Animals Inc..
( https://www.facebook.com/amazinganimalsinc/ ), you missed a great opportunity to meet the animals at this incredible sanctuary and IOF's new Student Educator, Joseph. Joseph helped Director Andy Waldo set up the night time IOF education tent and expertly presented IOF lesson plans to 124 people. Thank you, Andy and Joseph, for reaching more people and showing them how to connect, respect, and coexist with our wild friends and within our shared ecosystems.
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Thank you to those who took a few minutes of your time and added your voice to the Tens of Thousands of people who spoke up on behalf of Florida Panthers!

Sometimes, it's a little harder than just signing a petition. Sometimes, you have to do it the required way.

Public Comment opportunities take a bit longer, but they become public record and therefore have to be considered.
We will continue to post them so we can all make our voices count!

http://www.sierraclubfloridanews.org/2018/12/tens-of-thousands-tell-us-fish-and.html?m=1&fbclid=IwAR2f-Mrz4bRlJ_6Kr14o8SlMVkIXdu5ClCBoPokstn9iW2MXTi_gCtDNVYI
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--- Advocacy Opportunity ---
FWC December 2018 Commission Meeting

Topics include Shore-based Shark Fishing, Goliath Grouper and more.

Time: 8:30am
Dates: December 12 - 13, 2018
Place: Renaissance World Golf Village
500 South Legacy Trail
St. Augustine, Florida 32092
This meeting is open to the public

http://myfwc.com/about/commission/commission-meetings/2018/december/12/agenda/?fbclid=IwAR1sHmiDSKbSPjC1fyJfXjIGFqMiKNDLz38xVMoeB7PnUm0Ud75suLzllKk
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☀️ Bottled Solar Energy could become a reality. ☀️
-------- And it can't come soon enough! --------------

https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/scientists-are-trying-bottle-solar-energy-turn-it-liquid-fuel-ncna930676
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The Florida Grasshopper Sparrow, Ammodramus savannarum A. s. floridanus, is one of the most endangered birds in Florida with less than 50 breeding pairs left in the wild. A subspecies of the Grasshopper Sparrow, the Florida Grasshopper Sparrow has darker and more gray tones in its plumage and is the only grasshopper sparrow who breeds in Florida. They weigh no more than one ounce as adults. Their coloration and habit of living and nesting in the grass make them almost invisible. The sparrow forages on the ground for small invertebrates, grasshoppers, and seeds. The Sparrow's nest is a concealed under vegetation but they are extremely vulnerable to predation by snakes, birds of prey, crows, rodents, raccoons, skunks, armadillos, opossums, coyotes, fire ants, and box turtles. Females incubate three to five eggs for approximately 12 days. Chicks leave the nest at around eight days old but will stay in the area and be fed by the parents for a few weeks. The Florida Grasshopper Sparrow's decline began in the 1970s when native prairie grasslands were converted to cattle grazing pastures, sod production, and other agricultural uses. The Florida Grasshopper Sparrow responds well to restoration efforts. Current conservation efforts in Florida to restore native grasslands and breeding programs may help this critically endangered bird recover.
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Imagine Our Florida, Inc.
--- Weekend Fun ---
WHAT: Florida Geological Survey Open House
WHEN: Dec. 8, 2018
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
WHERE: Florida Geological Survey
3000 Commonwealth Blvd., Suite 1
Tallahassee, FL 32303

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/FLDEP/bulletins/2113424