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Let’s celebrate IOF’s 1st year anniversary together

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Last chance to sign up for Miami Painting with a purpose

I’ts the last day to save your seat Miami!
Join Ileana at Painting with a Purpose, take home a one of a kind painting of a beautiful manatee, meet like minded people and have fun all while benefiting Imagine Our Florida, Inc. Bring a friend and double your fun!
http://www.paintingwithatwist.com/events/viewEvent.aspx…

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Welcome Haley

Imagine Our Florida, Inc. is proud to announce Haley has joined our Creative Team. After her homework is done, Haley is creating some beautiful, original artwork for IOF. Watch for the debut of Haley’s art.

https://www.imagineourflorida.org/team/haley-kane/

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Don’t Put the Turtle in the Water

until you’re sure it’s not a tortoise.

Message us if you would like the file to print and hang on bulletin boards throughout your community.

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May is American Wetlands Month

Florida is fortunate to have a unique are of wetlands. The Florida everglades is made up of saw marshes, coastal mangroves, and some

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3 Water Part 3

Now that we know where our groundwater comes from and why it’s important let’s take a look at what happens when acidic water enters

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2 Water Part 2

Yesterday we learned about groundwater and watersheds. Today we will talk about ways that watersheds get disturbed. Most people think

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1 Water Part 1

Here’s a great video to explain what ground water is, how it gets there, and why it’s so important. Tomorrow we will talk about

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Special thanks to My Favorite Things

Imagine Our Florida Inc, is grateful to our corporate sponsor, My Favorite Things (MTF Stamps) Take a look at the unique pieces you can create on those summer days when it’s too hot to be outside. Check out their facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/MFTStamps/?pnref=about.overview
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http://www.mftstamps.com/

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Movement behavior explains genetic differentiation in american black bears

Cushman, S. A., & Lewis, J. S. (2010). Movement behavior explains genetic differentiation in american black bears. Landscape Ecology, 25(10), 1613-1625.

Lauren Zeigler (Understanding of the work above) -IOF Outreach Volunteer

Previous studies were done on landscape resistance to test the ability of animals to maintain good gene dispersal and population of different animals. This study is different in that it compares the data collected from landscape connectivity and genetics using movement behaviors. This method collects multiple forms of study on animal behavior along with migratory patterns as well as landscape changes to analyze the mating process in black bears. The study wants to find the ability of black bears to verify previous landscape maps that were existed by using a path-level movement analysis.
This study used a specific area to study, used previous landscape genetic analysis, black bear telemetry data, path-level analysis, selection of variables that influenced the black bear movement patterns, creation of a map that showed the landscape resistance factors, and finally used conditional logistic regression. This method had a few subsections for each category. The area of study was in the Purcell mountains of Idaho and was about 1500km of study. While this was in place, the researchers used a previous study of the area to use as a comparison to the path level analysis in this study. To avoid biases in the data, the bears were used in a variety of areas within the parameters for a span of two years and in the time of the largest population of black bears being monitored. The path-analysis was coupled with the landscape variables and resistance factors to accurately trace the path of the bears and then the researchers took into consideration the ecological differences for the movement paths of the bears in that time to find the similarity between the previous map and the map that was now being worked on.
The experiment led to the findings that the forest roads were able to be crossed more easily than that of country road or highways. Not only was this proven, but it was found that roads were the most important when considering the movement of black bears with the rate of 95% confidence that the intervals never reached 0. While the relationship between the early seasonal model and the genetic landscape model came out with negative partialling data that led to the similarity or landscape resistance and early seasonal movement.
This research was shown to be important on many different levels. The impact of humans on the movement of bears was to be noted as well as noticing the spring seasons impact on bear movement which was found to be the most important time in the time for bear genetic differentiation.
Genetic differentiation was created from the mating and dispersal in the black bears during the spring time. This fact is important to take into consideration for the life model of a black bear and the importance of the right scale on how the bears can mate and reproduce. Many black bear subspecies are found to be endangered and this model can provide the data on the landscape impact on the population of black bears and the ability of gene difference in the survival of the species.
The other impact this study has on the subject of black bears is to show how humans impact the life of the black bear. The ability of the bears to move freely provides more routes and therefore more survival and chances to reproduce while roads provide a barrier to the travel of black bears and limit the ability of the bears to be in the environment suitable for reproduction.

Image – The Bear Smart Society.

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Dragonfly warming up before getting to work.

Did you know dragonflies inhabited earth before dinosaurs? These amazing arthropods can be found near lakes, ponds, rivers, swamps and marshes. After hatching from eggs, dragonflies spend much of their life as nymphs. In this stage, they breathe through gills located in their anus and feast on tadpoles, worms and small fish. After shedding their skin, the adults crawl onto land. Dragonflies must warm up before setting off to do important work in our ecosystem. You will find them soaking up the sun early in the morning before spending the rest of their day on a search for food. Dragonflies control populations of many insects including those pesky mosquitoes. Known as nature’s helicopter, the wings of a dragonfly work both together and independently. This is why we see incredible aerial feats such as hovering, turns and backward flying. The next time you see a dragonfly, spend a few minutes watching one of nature’s wonderful gifts.

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Making Learning FUN

Engaging people of all ages, encouraging critical thinking, answering questions, and of course it involves poop! At Lake Lily Earth Day/Arbor Day. Sending out a special Thank you to IOF’S Advisor Fred Bohler, Directors Dan and Nancy Kon, and High School Educator Dani. Catalina and Stephanie were set up at the Oxbow Eco-Center in Port St Lucie. — Imagine Our Florida, Inc is a science-based educational non profit organization.

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A Look at the Effects and Projections of Global Warming in Florida

In a study published last year, “Species-specific responses to climate change and community composition determine future calcification rates of Florida Keys reefs” the effects of Global Warming were tested on four common coral species in Florida. Of the four coral species, three demonstrated damage to calcium carbonate. The fourth did not seem sensitive to the affects. The study did not take into consideration the damage associated with coral bleaching, the process of algae abandoning the reefs and depriving the coral of needed glucose. After running several models it’s projected that by 2100 declines in coral could range from 10%-100%. If CO2 levels are reduced coral decline would likely be below 20%. How can you help? Here are some ways you can help reduce your carbon footprint at home, work, or on the road.

Imagine Our Florida, Inc. is a drama free, Science-Based Educational Organization

https://archive.epa.gov/…/whatyoucando_reducecarbonpollutio…

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Wekiwa State Park

Wekiwa Springs State Park, which is located in Seminole county, holds a wonderful array of habitats. Many go simply for a swim in the beautiful spring. But there are so many miles of well maintained trails to explore. These are some photos taken today from mainly longleaf pine and wiregrass ecosystems as well as scrub ecosystems. Please, do not forget to enjoy the beauty of the small things.
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