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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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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-------New Study on Effectiveness of Bear Proof Trash Cans----

In a recent peer-reviewed article it was discovered if 65% of a community secured their trash a decline in human-bear interactions would be noticeable.
A previous study showed that bear proof trash cans can result in a 95% reduction in these interactions. Bear proof trash cans work. If you have bears in your community talk with your local waste management and see what your options are when it comes to bear-proofing your trash. If your area doesn't have bear-proof cans talk to your county commissioner, city council members, school district, HOA, or other community organization about applying for
grant funding through the FWC. FWC staff will even help walk them through the process.

Reference:

Johnson, H. E., Lewis, D. L., Lischka, S. A., & Breck, S. W. (2018). Assessing ecological and social outcomes of a bear-proofing experiment. The Journal of Wildlife Management, 82(6), 1102-1114. doi:10.1002/jwmg.21472
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The Leonid meteor shower gets its name from the constellation Leo, where its meteors appear to originate.
"Go outside, find a dark sky, lie flat on your back and look straight up," NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told Space.com, "and be prepared to spend a couple of hours outside."
Anywhere from 10 to 25 meteors are expected to fall each hour during the shower's peak.

https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/leonid-meteor-shower-saturday-nights-peak-to-spark-20-meteors-per-hour-in-the-night-sky/70006605?fbclid=IwAR2F3eFqO4I7CowaQnTyC3wVQo4BaPNi55znX6qZmIH5Pb3O6V9_u-TXBWA
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--- Foto Friday ---
The rhesus macaques monkey native to Asia is one of Florida's many non-native wildlife species. The monkeys' forebearers were brought to an island in the Silver River in the 1930s as a tourist attraction due to the popularity of the Tarzan movies. None realized monkeys could swim. Now there are believed to be about 175 in Silver Springs State Park. They have been seen in the trees from Tallahassee to Sarasota. These monkeys are now considered a threat to humans by wildlife officials because about 30% carry the herpes b virus. Wildlife Officials support removing the monkeys from the environment but have not stated the measures they will take to accomplish the task. Imagine Our Florida supports an intense TNR (Trap, Neuter, Release) program as the most humane and ecologically friendly method of removal.
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--- America Recycles Day ---
What will you pledge to recycle?
https://americarecyclesday.org/
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Imagine Our Florida, Inc.Imagine Our Florida, Inc. shared PBS NewsHour's video.
--- No Plastic Bags in the Recycle Bin ---
--- Do You Know Why? ---

https://www.facebook.com/newshour/videos/665380457180350/
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PBS NewsHour
Pro-tip: You're not supposed to recycle plastic bags at home. WATCH to see what you should do with these bags instead.
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---- Tuesday Trivia ---
REFUSE-REDUCE-REUSE-REPURPOSE-RECYCLE

Refuse
Refuse means to say No to things you are offered that you don't need.
Think about those bags of freebies. Refuse it if you are not going to use it.
Refuse printed fliers if you have no interest.
Refuse straws at restaurants.

Reduce
Reduce means to use less.
Buy only what you need.
How many pairs of shoes do you really need?
Can you recover that pillow instead of buying a new one?

Reuse
Purchase reusable water bottles, travel mugs, and shopping bags.
Reuse glass jars from pickles and pasta sauce for food or craft storage.
Drop off shipping materials such as styrofoam peanuts and crumpled craft paper to a shipping store to be reused.
Take your old bath towels, sheets, and blankets to a pet rescue or a vet.

Repurpose
Repurpose means to take something that was used for one thing and use it for something else. This takes a bit of imagination.
Before you throw away those old curtains, clothes or sheets, think about using it for a new chair or pillow cover.
Repurpose old wood. An old bookcase shelf can become a window seat for your cat.
Repurpose an old dresser by making it into a bathroom vanity.

Recycle
Recycle only when the above 4 options won’t work.
Recycle all you can – paper, plastic, metal, and glass
Recycle all fabric including stained or ripped clothing.
Recycle all electronics.
Do a simple internet search to find a recycler in your area.