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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    Ferns first appeared in the Devonian period but most of todays species began to show up in the Cretacious period.  Ferns reproduce by dropping spores from underneath their leaves. These spores will mix together and exchange DNA just like a sperm and an egg in humans.  In fact, fern sperm actually have a flagella, a long whip-like tail for moving through water.  This makes them quite sucessful.  #Florida #reproduction #ferns #sawgrasspark #pinellascounty
    Ferns first appeared in the Devonian period but most of todays species began to show up in the Cretacious period. Ferns reproduce by dropping spores from underneath their leaves. These spores will
    ---- SCARE THAT BEAR  ---- Some Mother Bears are teaching their cubs to forage for food.  Other Mother Bears have raised their cubs and have sent them on their way to forage on their own.Will  you encourage these young bears to learn to lead a life of crime? Breaking and Entering into refrigerators, cars, porches, or garages?  Destroying bird feeders, fences, and pet enclosures? TEACH THEM WHILE THEY ARE YOUNG - There is no food in human neighborhoods. Bears are not welcome in human neighborhoods.  Secure your atttractants. When one arrives in your neighborhood,  SCARE THAT BEAR ---- KEEP THEM WILD ----Learn how to safely scare a bear here: https://buff.ly/2s6dkqF#blackbears #Florida
    ---- SCARE THAT BEAR ---- Some Mother Bears are teaching their cubs to forage for food. Other Mother Bears have raised their cubs and have sent them on their way to forage on their own.Will you
    ---- SCARE THAT BEAR  ---- Some Mother Bears are teaching their cubs to forage for food.  Other Mother Bears have raised their cubs and have sent them on their way to forage on their own.Will  you encourage these young bears to learn to lead a life of crime? Breaking and Entering into refrigerators, cars, porches, or garages?  Destroying bird feeders, fences, and pet enclosures? TEACH THEM WHILE THEY ARE YOUNG - There is no food in human neighborhoods. Bears are not welcome in human neighborhoods.  Secure your atttractants. When one arrives in your neighborhood,  SCARE THAT BEAR ---- KEEP THEM WILD ----Learn how to safely scare a bear here: https://buff.ly/2s6dkqF#blackbears #Florida
    ---- SCARE THAT BEAR ---- Some Mother Bears are teaching their cubs to forage for food. Other Mother Bears have raised their cubs and have sent them on their way to forage on their own.Will you
    Threatened is Serious,  Endangered is Dangerous.  Extinct is ForeverAccording to the most recent list of Threatened and Endangered species by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 68 Florida animals and 69 Florida plants are now threatened or endangered.  That's one more animal and 5 more plants than last year's report.   These animals and plants are on the list due to over hunting, over development, over-harvesting,  invasive plants and sea level rise.   Throughout the U.S. there are currently 1,459 animals that are Threatened or Endangered.  Do you want to help? Contact us at Imagine Our Florida. Imagine what we can do together.
    Threatened is Serious, Endangered is Dangerous. Extinct is ForeverAccording to the most recent list of Threatened and Endangered species by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 68 Florida animals and
    Watch your step at the beach!Why? It is sea turtle nesting season from May 1st to October 31st.What can we do to help?Turn out unnecessary beach lights, switch out light bulbs to an amber or red light, or put a shield on the light to project the light down to the ground and not out to the beach.Knockdown sandcastles and fill in sand pits to allow sea turtles a straight path to the water.Keep the beach clean (which we should be doing anyway) This helps both baby and adult sea turtles avoid getting tangled in the garbage and eliminates the need to traverse litter.AND please do not disturb their nests or harass the adults or babies.Simple things like these are what we can do to make a real difference in the health and population of our sea turtles.
    Watch your step at the beach!Why? It is sea turtle nesting season from May 1st to October 31st.What can we do to help?Turn out unnecessary beach lights, switch out light bulbs to an amber or
    ----What is
    ----What is "Toilet to Tap"-----Toilet to Tap may not have the most pleasant ring to it but it's the process of filtering water for reuse. This process involves several filtration check points
    ----What is
    ----What is "Toilet to Tap"-----Toilet to Tap may not have the most pleasant ring to it but it's the process of filtering water for reuse. This process involves several filtration check points
    This red-shouldered hawk is a local resident of Bloomingdale, FL.  Many neighborhoods have hawks who linger about the area.  While they mostly prey on small rats, squirrels, and other birds, they will make a meal out of stray animals.  If you have a pet, keep them inside or on a leash, secure all holes in your backyard to limit the exposure range, and for extra security ypu can get a raptor proof vest for when you walk your small dog. Making small changes in human behavior helps us coexist with our native critters.  It also helps keep them on a diet that may just get rid of the invassive rat species.  ;-)  #redshoulderedhawk #raptors #florida #floridawildlife #birdsofprey #imagineourflorida
    This red-shouldered hawk is a local resident of Bloomingdale, FL. Many neighborhoods have hawks who linger about the area. While they mostly prey on small rats, squirrels, and other birds, they
    Manatees Deserve  Respect They have been here since the Pleistocene period. Keep them safe from boat propellers, fishing hooks, monofilment and other litter.  Inlanders, keep storm drains and waterways free of litter and fetilizer runoff. #manatees #cleanwater #Florida #fishing
    Manatees Deserve Respect They have been here since the Pleistocene period. Keep them safe from boat propellers, fishing hooks, monofilment and other litter. Inlanders, keep storm drains and
    A young otter was found in a woman's garage.  Thanks to her immediate action in calling local officials the displaced otter was rehabilitated and is doing fine. #otter #florida #orangepark #imagineourfloridahttps://buff.ly/2jBVkAs
    A young otter was found in a woman's garage. Thanks to her immediate action in calling local officials the displaced otter was rehabilitated and is doing fine. #otter #florida #orangepark
    It's another Foto Friday.  There was so much interest in the post about the Lake Wales Ridge a few weeks back that I thought I would share a few other photos from that area.  This cool looking plant is Tillandsia utriculata, or the Giant Airplant. Its status in Florida is Endangered (listed as a result of Mexican bromeliad weevil attack).This one was still small, only about 18 inches in height but these can get up to 2 meters long. When they mature, they produce a single flower spike then die.  The Lake Wales Ridge is home to many rare and endangered plants and animals.  Make sure to get out and explore.  Use our state parks, wildlife management areas, and National parks.  This shows, to government officials, how valuable natural spaces really are to people.  Attendance matters.
    It's another Foto Friday. There was so much interest in the post about the Lake Wales Ridge a few weeks back that I thought I would share a few other photos from that area. This cool looking plant
    Remember, any body of water in Florida can be the home to an alligator.  Make sure you always give them space, never feed them, and keep clear of females nesting. #Alligator #Florida
    Remember, any body of water in Florida can be the home to an alligator. Make sure you always give them space, never feed them, and keep clear of females nesting. #Alligator #Florida
    ---Thank you to all the Teachers---We appreciate all the hard work that teachers do.  We especially appreciate those who share their knowledge about the natural world we live in.  Whether you teach children to read about the exciting adventures through the wilderness, create beautiful art that shows an appreciation for natural beauty, emphasize the quantitative importance of data through math, teach the history of our world and the natural and man-made disasters throughout time, or the science that ties into our ecology, we thank you.  One way we like to help out is by creating science-based lesson plans that help meet state standards.  We supply the information and tools to make life a bit easier.  Check out our K-5 lesson plans now.  #Nationalteachersday #teachers #science #nature #ecology #Floridahttps://buff.ly/2vOrnX4
    ---Thank you to all the Teachers---We appreciate all the hard work that teachers do. We especially appreciate those who share their knowledge about the natural world we live in. Whether you teach
    This really shows that citizens of #Florida care about #manatees but perhaps a bit of sex education when it comes to wildlife might help us identify those intimate moments and maybe give them a bit of privacy.  https://buff.ly/2r0hvo8
    This really shows that citizens of #Florida care about #manatees but perhaps a bit of sex education when it comes to wildlife might help us identify those intimate moments and maybe give them a bit
    This really shows that citizens of #Florida care about #manatees but perhaps a bit of sex education when it comes to wildlife might help us identify those intimate moments and maybe give them a bit of privacy.  https://buff.ly/2r0hvo8
    This really shows that citizens of #Florida care about #manatees but perhaps a bit of sex education when it comes to wildlife might help us identify those intimate moments and maybe give them a bit
    This really shows that citizens of #Florida care about #manatees but perhaps a bit of sex education when it comes to wildlife might help us identify those intimate moments and maybe give them a bit of privacy.  https://buff.ly/2r0hvo8
    This really shows that citizens of #Florida care about #manatees but perhaps a bit of sex education when it comes to wildlife might help us identify those intimate moments and maybe give them a bit
    Gopher Tortoise Eggs are Fragile. From April until June, tortoises are mating and nesting.  Females will lay their eggs on the burrow apron or in a very nearby sunny location.  The 3 to 15 eggs will hatch in 80-100 days.  Any hatchlings lucky enough to survive will take 10 to 25 years to become sexually mature themselves. Please, watch for burrows and be sure not to trample any eggs or babies.  Enjoy observing these wonderful animals from a safe distance.  #GopherTortoise #Tortoise #Florida #ImagineOurFlorida
    Gopher Tortoise Eggs are Fragile. From April until June, tortoises are mating and nesting. Females will lay their eggs on the burrow apron or in a very nearby sunny location. The 3 to 15 eggs will
    Don't Kill a Bear Winter is over, bears are looking to fatten up after their winter rest, and new mother bears are teaching their young ones how to forage.  Bears can smell from a mile away. Don't lure them into your neighborhood. Avoid human-bear conflict by: Stashing your Trash. Taking in bird feeders.Storing pet food in the house.Cleaning barbeque grills.Using electric fencing around livestock.Contacting your county for discounted bear-resistant trash cans Retrofitting Trash Cans with FWC method:  https://buff.ly/2wlid4EA FED BEAR is a DEAD BEAR
    Don't Kill a Bear Winter is over, bears are looking to fatten up after their winter rest, and new mother bears are teaching their young ones how to forage. Bears can smell from a mile away. Don't
    Don't Kill a Bear Winter is over, bears are looking to fatten up after their winter rest, and new mother bears are teaching their young ones how to forage.  Bears can smell from a mile away. Don't  lure them into your neighborhood. Avoid human-bear conflict by: Stashing your Trash. Taking in bird feeders.Storing pet food in the house.Cleaning barbeque grills.Using electric fencing around livestock.Contacting your county for discounter bear resistant trash cans Retrofiting Trash Cans ith FWC method:  https://buff.ly/2wlid4EA FED BEAR is a DEAD BEAR
    Don't Kill a Bear Winter is over, bears are looking to fatten up after their winter rest, and new mother bears are teaching their young ones how to forage. Bears can smell from a mile away. Don't
    ---Foto Friday---The black soldier fly is an excellent pest control companion .  The larvae help break down organic matter for fertilizer and help reduce damage from manure pollution. Their presence will also keep those other pesky flies away. If you have a composter the larvae from this guys can help compost organic matter much faster.  This fly is a Batesian mimic of the wasp.  It respenbles a wasp but isn't harmful.  #blacksoldierfly #vomposting #florida #imagineourflorida #organic #vermiculture #floridabugs
    ---Foto Friday---The black soldier fly is an excellent pest control companion . The larvae help break down organic matter for fertilizer and help reduce damage from manure pollution. Their
    #florida has 1,036 animals that are at risk of #extinction from #climatechange . A proposed solution might come with risks.https://buff.ly/2HFGrZ6
    #florida has 1,036 animals that are at risk of #extinction from #climatechange . A proposed solution might come with risks.https://buff.ly/2HFGrZ6
    ----Invest in the Environment----All types of people can help the environment.  It takes a variety of ways to make big change.  Investing is one of many ways to help fush our environment towards a cleaner future.  Read more about how it works.  #florida #investments #gogreen https://buff.ly/2K70wZs
    ----Invest in the Environment----All types of people can help the environment. It takes a variety of ways to make big change. Investing is one of many ways to help fush our environment towards a
    ----Invest in the Environment----All types of people can help the environment.  It takes a variety of ways to make big change.  Investing is one of many ways to help fush our environment towards a cleaner future.  Read more about how it works.  #florida #investments #gogreen https://buff.ly/2K70wZs
    ----Invest in the Environment----All types of people can help the environment. It takes a variety of ways to make big change. Investing is one of many ways to help fush our environment towards a
    ---Public Comments Due May 6, 2018---Chevron is proposing oil exploration for 12 new wells in the Gulf of Mexico.  You have an opportunity to voice your opinion about it. The following species may be affected.  Read the plan and make public comments at the following link.  https://buff.ly/2vL2oUt#EndangeredSpecies
    ---Public Comments Due May 6, 2018---Chevron is proposing oil exploration for 12 new wells in the Gulf of Mexico. You have an opportunity to voice your opinion about it. The following species may