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Florida Box Turtle

Florida Box Turtle, Terrapene Carolina Bauri. This cute little girl is a great example of what Florida box turtle looks like. Florida box turtles are a terrestrial species which typically inhabit damp forests and marshes. They can be found from the Keys north to the very southern portion of Georga.…...

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Dragonfly

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…...

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Florida Horse Conch

The Florida horse conch (Triplofusus giganteus) shell is the state shell. It’s easily identified by the bright orange body. Many people think it’s a type of shellfish but it’s actually a type of marine snail. These snails consume algae and detritus (poop and parts of dead organic matter.) The horse…...

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Giant Manta Ray

The Giant Manta Ray (Manta birostris) is the largest of several species of manta ray throughout the world. They can occasionally be seen here in Florida. The most common place to see these elegant swimmers are around coral reefs where smaller fish clean parasites collected on the rays from open…...

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Ruddy Turnstone

This Ruddy Turnstone was spotted eating a shrimp at our winter Gandy Beach Clean-up in St. Petersburg, FL. These rock dwelling birds spend the winter months in warmer climates, such as Florida, and migrate back to the Arctic Circle in Alaska in central Canada to breed during summer months. These…...

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Florida Marsh Rabbit

The Florida Marsh Rabbit, Sylvilagus palustris paludicola, is a cousin of the cottontail rabbit. However, unlike the cottontail, the marsh rabbit has a brown tail and is an excellent swimmer. They are found in brackish and fresh water marshes, in flooded agricultural areas, and in swamps. They are never found…...

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Anhinga

Today’s photo is of a male anhinga. Their scientific name is one that everyone can remember, Anhinga anhinga. A common sight all across Florida, these birds occupy a variety of mostly freshwater habitats. They prefer slow moving lakes, ponds and backwater areas but can be found in saltwater areas as…...

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Black Tailed Red Sheet Weaver

The black tailed red sheet weaver (Florinda coccinea.) These spiders get their name from the black crebelum or tail and the webs they weave which resemble a sheer material. They have two different parts of their web. The top part is intended to knock flying insects down and the bottom…...

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Florida Bonneted Bat

—-Endangered Florida Bonneted Bat -Eumops floridanus—- Florida deemed these bats endangered in 1993 but they were not federally listed until 2010. This cool animal, a large free-tailed bat, is approximately 5.1-6.5 inches in size and is considered critically endangered. Color varies from black to brown to brownish gray to cinnamon…...

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Osprey

A Happy Osprey with a Fish Also called the Fish Hawk, the Osprey is a medium sized raptor that can be found throughout Florida. These apex predators are fascinating to watch as they catch their prey and enjoy eating it. There are many different species of Osprey and even two…...

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Mabel Orchard Orb Weaver

The Mabel Orchard Orb Weaver, Leucauge mabelae, is common throughout Florida. It is one of the prime examples of evolutionary adaption being that it has adapted to a wide range of habitats and climate. It can be found as far north as Canada and as far south as Columbia. Reproduction…...

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Power Lines and Birds

Director, Dan Kon was driving through his neighborhood when he saw a young man on a bike who was stopped and staring woefully at a large bird of prey lying on the sidewalk. Post by Dan: I stopped to see if the teen and the animal were ok but the…...

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How to Save a Gopher Tortoise who is crossing the street

  Safely remove the tortoise from the road and move him/her in the direction in he/she was heading to the grass or wooded area on the side of the street. -DO NOT put a tortoise in water. Tortoises, unlike turtles, can’t swim. -DO NOT try to relocate a tortoise. Gopher…...

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IOF Thanks M & D Hills Photography

Imagine Our Florida, Inc wants to thank the amazing photographic team of Matt & Delia at M&D Hills Photography. They gifted us with beautiful Black Bear portraits to be used by IOF. We are eternally grateful and honored to have people from all over the country donating and helping us…...

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Stop Breeding Mosquitos 

Mosquitos lay up to 200 eggs in moist areas. When water is added by rain or humans, the eggs become larvae. Once the larvae are mature enough, they will become pupae. During this stage, metamorphosis takes place and an adult mosquito is born. The entire process takes 8-10 days. The…...

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Ethos Vegan Kitchen and Imagine Our Florida, Inc.

THANK YOU ETHOS!! IOF is honored and grateful to Ethos for partnering with us and donating 5% back to our organization. If you haven’t tasted their delicious plant based food, be sure to stop in the next time you are in Winter Park. We promise you, the food is delicious. http://www.ethosvegankitchen.com/menu.html…...

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Wildlife Passage Update

On July 2, 2017 Imagine Our Florida Director Aymee Laurain was driving through the pan handle when a vehicle ahead of her struck a male Florida black bear. Incidents like these happen far too often and result in injuries or fatalities to wildlife and sometimes safety risks and expensive costs…...

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Bumper Stickers

Show your support for Florida Balck Bears and Florida Wildlife. Bumper Stickers are available in the IOF store for $5. Our Products...

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Bridging Education, Advocacy and RESEARCH

IOF will be represented at the ISWE Conference by Aymee Laurain!!! Thank you to all who have donated thus far. We are halfway there and have allocated funds to cover the costs of membership and the convention. Will you please donate what you can today for accommodations? It is during…...

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Attention Orange County Residents in Bear Country 

—- Mark Your Calendars —- Orange County Commissioner Bryan Nelson has announced the opportunity for people in Unincorporated Orange County.to swap out Automated Bear Resistant trash cans. Sept 9th Orange County Service building – Rock Springs Rd. in Apopka The cost is only $50 since Orange County is subsidizing $150…...

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