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 ecosystems. 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 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, IOF is prepared to instruct folks of all ages 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 21 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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    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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    --- Striped Mud Turtle ---

    Striped Mud Turtles, Kinosternon baurii, are small turtles who grow to only 4" -5" long. They usually have 3 visible stripes on their shells and 2 yellow stripes on each side of their faces. These native semi-aquatic turtles live in and near brackish and freshwater in ditches and ponds. Dinner consists of algae, snails, insects, worms, seeds, and carrion.

    Females may travel up to 820 feet away from the wetlands to lay a clutch of 1-6 eggs. Temperature determines the sex of the embryo. The embryo may pause its development until the correct temperature is reached. Incubation lasts from 2 1/2 to five months. The hatchlings are about 1' long and may take more than a year to leave the nest.

    Striped Mud Turtles depend on waters with low saline content. This makes them especially vulnerable in the Lower Keys where sea level rise is expected to cause saltwater intrusion into freshwater habitats. More intense storms will cause many of the low-lying areas to be inundated with saltwater thus making the ecosystem uninhabitable for Striped Mud Turtles. Human-caused pollution and oil spills also threaten these little turtles.

    Striped Mud Turtles spend much of their time underwater and can often be seen in the shallow waters. When in wetlands keep an eye out for movement in mud, marshes and wet fields and you may meet a new wild turtle friend.

    Photo Credit: Andy Waldo.

    #Connect #Respect #Coexist #StripedMudTurtle
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    -----Beautyberry jam-----

    Beauty berries are a lovely addition to your native garden. They can also make a tasty fall treat. Here is an easy recipe that you can use to make to turn your beauty berries into a sweet treat.

    Start by washing about 1 quart of berries with water. Then place them in a saucepan, cover in water, and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to low or medium for 20 minutes. Strain the berries. Add about equal amounts of sugar to the juice. If you prefer less sugar you can reduce the amount used. Stevia can also be used to reduce the glycemic index. Add a squeeze or two of lemon juice and 1 packet of pectin. Stir and add to sterilized glass jars. Close and let sit for 24 hours. Refrigerate for up to one month. This jam makes a great gift or addition to your breakfast. 🙂

    #ImagineOurFlorida #IOF #Beautyberry #Jam
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    ----Justice for Wildlife----

    Let's hope justice prevails in this case. So much money and hard work go into protecting and helping endangered species to thrive. Harsh punishments are crucial in ensuring the success of those programs.

    https://whnt.com/2019/11/05/florida-man-could-get-prison-time-fined-for-killing-an-endangered-sawfish/

    #ImagineOurFlorida #IOF #sawfish #endangeredspecies
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    Trivia Tuesday

    Federal agencies are required to give a 30-day public comment opportunity. It is up to you to take advantage of the opportunity to be a voice for issues that affect you and your family.
    Most of these opportunities can be found at https://www.regulations.gov/ .

    #ImagineOurFlorida #IOF #Adocate