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Hoooooooo, me? Juvenile Great Horned Owl, captured by the The Lovely Research Assistant in the backyard. Come with us on our adventures Exploring Florida and tag your discoveries #thefloridaexplorer.  Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thefloridaexplorer;  YouTube http://www.youtube.com/c/TheFloridaExplorer; Twitter https://twitter.com/FlaExplorer; and
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We hadn't seen Sir Francis for about a month and a half until last week. He was back in action and actually had a few friends chillin' in his channel.. He usually likes it to himself. (This was the previous sighting, April 2nd)


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Splash of color in an ocean of green.🌿🌸| Flag Iris brightening up the edge of this hardwood hammock.📍Pasco county, FL 📸 Nikon D3400


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#printsavailable ⬅️ Can’t wait to blow this one up. We had an awesome day kayaking 7 miles through this spring run.
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Snorkeling the beautiful & mysterious Rainbow. In this video, I dive down to look into a spring vent along the river -- one of our windows to the underworld. 🌊

I left the sound on this video because... well... just listen. 😱

#rainbowriver #spiritwhispers


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Last night I joined Disney conservation biologist, @crocodilerachel1 and her team to assist them with health assessments of loggerhead sea turtles. .
It doesn’t matter if you see a sea turtle nesting once or a hundred times - it’s always an extraordinary encounter. Sea turtles migrate hundreds (sometimes thousands) of miles from their feeding ground to their nesting beach. Once a female makes it to the beach, she slowly and awkwardly crawls out of the ocean and makes her way to dry sand. If she decides to lay her nest at that location, she’ll dig an egg cavity and lay between 80 to 120 eggs. She’ll then cover the eggs and disguise the nest by flinging sand in all directions before crawling back to the ocean. She might lay several nests throughout the season and then do it all over again in 2 to 3 years. .
This loggerhead was in the process of disguising the nest. It’s hard to not feel for her - you can see just how exhausting this process is. .
***Research conducted under permit MTP 071
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#loggerheadseaturtle #seaturtle #research #seaturtleresearch #keepflwild #wildflorida #loggerhead #turtle #nest #science #ecology #conservation #wildlife #wildlifeconservation #floridawildlife #florida #disney #seaturtlenest #biologist


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Climbin' Around


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I am so blessed to live in a state with so many gorgeous (and vitally important) springs and so much natural beauty...sometimes, more and more frequently lately, I am so terrified (and saddened and furious) by the damage done and being done at our hands and with our tools and "progress"
I truly hope we are able to turn things around before sights like these will only be memories and photographs .
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#springs #spring #floridasprings #pureflorida #springstate #naturelover #naturegram #instanature #naturephotography #floridagram #instaflorida #ig_nature #beautiful #pretty #naturephotography #rocks #water #waterislife #saveoursprings #protectoursprings #wildflorida #keepflwild #naturalbeauty #therealflorida


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This animal may look exactly like a snake, but it is nevertheless a lizard! The slender glass lizard is aptly named for it’s lengthy body and easily broken tail. Glass lizards actually developed their serpentine morphology independently from snakes, indicating that there are actually some ecological advantages to having no appendages! These lizards are typically distinguished from snakes by their external ear openings, extra long tail, eyelids, and tiny vestigial limb structures. Lizards also eat much more often than snakes do. It’s great to see these secretive creatures thriving in Florida State Parks!


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Snowy Egret in Flight, 2018


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The Everglades is America’s largest subtropical wilderness and the largest protected stretch of mangrove coastline in the Western Hemisphere. There are nearly four million acres of contiguous public conservation lands in the Everglades of South Florida, often quite close to cities like Miami, West Palm Beach, Fort Myers and Naples. I captured this photography from a Cessna 177 airplane near Everglades City, which is one of my favorite basecamps for Everglades adventure. Its where Everglades National Park meets Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge and wild lands and waters extend for dozens of miles in every direction. For those who want to immerse in the Everglades, the 99-mile Everglades Wilderness Waterway included marked paddling trails and camping sites that connect through the mangrove fringe from Everglades City to Flamingo (closer to Miami). Everglades National Park has been declared an International Biosphere Reserve, a World Heritage Site and a Wetland of International Importance, one of only three locations in the world to appear on all three lists. @VISITFLORIDA #sponsored #LoveFL #Everglades #Mangroves #FloridaWildlifeCorridor #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild


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#repost from @carltonward // Deep in the Fakahatchee Strand, a Florida black bear pauses at the edge of a slough and dips a foot in the water. Another cooperative bear. Still waiting for a cooperative panther at this site. #pathofthepanther @insidenatgeo @natgeoimagecollection @natgeo @fl_wildcorridor #floridawild #keepflwild #bear #swamp


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What connection do you have with nature? There exists a connection between the living beings that call a place home and the place itself. This can be understood in both a metaphorical sense, and a systemic sense. The place can be a coral reef, a forest, or a wetland... it doesn't matter where, just know that the ecological system that produced life is also dependent on the said "life" performing it's role in the environment and vice versa. If this system is disrupted too many times, or to such a great degree, an entire ecosystem can collapse, causing massive repercussions throughout other linked systems. As a species, humans are impacting every aspect of our natural systems, and none more apparent than with #coral reefs. The reality is that #coralreefs are at the forefront of #climatechange and will be the first to disappear if we cannot convince our leaders of a better future in balance with the environment. Reefs are our planet's immune system, a place where marine life can find a mate, have young, grow, feed and feel protected from the dangers of the open ocean. It regulates the ebb and flow of nutrients around our coastlines, and produces the majority of fish found on our tables across the US! #octopuses in particular depend on healthy #coral to provide hiding places for hunting, and shelter, so without the reef there would be no Octopus to be found in Florida's waters, and call me sentimental.. but that's a tragedy... a tragedy if it were to happen, but I believe in the power of your voice, your passion, and your motivation to care, and with that care, to act! You can use your voice to speak for those who cannot, and tell our legislature that a balanced planet matters, not just for the economy, but for the sheer fact that it is morally and ethically right to protect nature's gifts. Please also support organizations like @coralrestorationfoundation @floridaaquarium @motemarinelab and @keysmarinelab who are dedicated to protecting the United States's only coral reef tract!
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Hungry Grackles


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It’s amazing to see an abundance of prehistoric life in Florida from a high diversity of ferns to our crocodilians. Especially, when they are found in the mysterious and sometimes ancient Cypress forest of this state.


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I'm gonna throw this out here on this new #endangeredspeciesday. Today our governor @rondesantisfl signed #SB7068, approving toll roads to no where. This will move billions of tax dollars into the hands of few, destroy any chance of maintaining a wildlife corridor throughout the state, and most tragically forever alter the last remaining wildlands in Florida. We will never get them back. It's sad to think what will be left of this beautiful state when my children and their children are my age. So on endangered species day, I highlight Florida, at this rate we will never get her back. Make sure to spread the word about this, start date is in 2022. #keepfloridawild #keepflwild #foreverflorida #floridanative #whatawaste #hunt #fish #conservationist #wildlifeconservation #wetlandsconservation #floridacracker #floridawildlife #legacy #floridanative #seminolewind #florida #laflorida #wildlifecorridor #floridawildlifecorridor #sadday #whitetail #ducks #waterfowl #hunting #fishing #outdoorsman #du #rondesantis


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Just a reminder...If you are in the New Port Richey area on Saturday, May 18th around 6:30pm, be sure to join us at the #starkeypark nature center for our Armed Forces Day dusk hike. We will start with a little meet & greet with staff, park/program Q&A, wildlife photo display, coffee and pastries, followed by a dusk hike from 7:30pm to 8:30pm Check out the Starkey Facebook Page (link in bio) for more info. #pascoparks #pascoproud #pascocounty #florida #naturehappens #getoutside #getoutdoors #lovefl #keepflwild #floridalife #floridaliving #flsportscoast #veterans #armedforcesday #army #navy #airforce #marines #coastguard


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I just adore their grumpy little old man faces! Gopher tortoise are such an important species to so many others, but to me they also happen to be super cool and fun to watch!
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Happy to find this snapping turtle while we were kayaking through a spring run. If you zoom in you can see some kind of leech catching a ride. #n8bdfilms @n8_bd
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