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We missed this past Monday’s #worldsnakeday but that doesn’t mean we can’t still revel in reptiles every day! 🐍Recently we spotted this water moccasin a.k.a. cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus) on the driveway behind the Center. Water moccasins are a semi-aquatic species and eat a varied diet of amphibians, lizards, smaller snakes and mammals, and especially fish which their Latin species name suggests with “piscivorus” meaning fish-eater. Typically this species inhabits areas surrounding freshwater like cypress swamps but they can also tolerate brackish environments like our estuarine mangrove forests. Regular summer rains at the Preserve form temporary freshwater pools that many species take advantage of for feeding or breeding and this water moccasin we spotted may have been traveling over land to such a pool.

Although water moccasins are a venomous snake species, that doesn’t inherently make them aggressive or a threat to visitors! Like with all wild animals, observe and appreciate it from a distance so it can continue to play its important role in our ecosystems.
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#agkistrodonpiscivorus #watermoccasins #cottonmouth #snakes #snakesofinstagram #reptiles #floridawildlife #keepflwild #floridawild #lovefl #weedonisland #weedonislandpreserve #stpete


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Drooling over these spotted horse mint flowers in the garden this morning.
#monardapunctata #spottedbeebalm #plantfloridanatives #flawildflowers #keepflwild


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UP CLOSE & PERSONAL WITH LEAD KEEPER DAMIAN LECHNER who is also president of @aazkofthepalmbeaches!

I'm a wildlife biologist. I rescued a deaf bull terrier and trained him to lead a normal life despite his challenges. He is my best friend!

I grew up in the Pittsburgh area, a suburb called Bethel Park.

I conducted field research on Wombats in the Australian Outback for a month, and conducted field research on the Channel Islands to conserve the Channel Island Fox population.

In 2016, I was the nation's top fundraiser for AAZK's "Bowling for Rhinos ", and spent 2 weeks in Kenya to see first hand how that money helped wildlife and the surrounding communities.

And...I make the perfect Old Fashioned cocktail.”

LET'S SHOW DAMIAN SOME NATIONAL ZOOKEEPER WEEK #NZKW2018 💚


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Spoonbills along the Tamiami Trail. Photo by @randolph.333 make sure to give him a follow for more amazing photos. #floridaexplored .
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#floridabirds #keepflwild #floridawildlife #hashtagflorida #realflorida #floridawild #tamiami #floridatrails #bigcypressnationalpreserve


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Like many specialized butterfly species, the fate of the Atala butterfly, Eumaeus atala, is tied to that of its host plant, Coontie, Zamia integrifolia. In the 1960s, the Atala butterfly was thought to be extinct following massive industrial-scale harvesting of Coontie in the region. The Atala butterfly was later rediscovered in 1979. However still rare, the Atala butterfly population has made a comeback with the cultivation of Coontie and its use as a popular landscape plant in South Florida.

Coontie, the only cycad native to Florida, is a handsome addition to any landscape. If you would like to attract the Atala butterfly to your garden, a handful of plants are needed to support them. Visit www.fnps.org/plants and search Coontie to learn more about this plant!

If you’re in Broward County, look for Coontie at Ann Kolb Nature Center and keep your eyes peeled for the Atala butterfly!

#flnativeplants #browardfnps #browardnaturecenter #keepflwild #plantnative #createhabitat #coontie #zamiaintegrifolia #zamiaceae #atala #eumaeusatala #butterfly


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I sit here with my littlest love while the other half of my heart watches us from the dunes. The waves cut precisely through the shallow waters as the sun fails repeatedly to peak through the dim blue haze of the morning. Pelicans and dolphins gently skim the glass.
🌊This is my paradise!🌊





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During the flight, it is impossible to open the airplane door - they are automatically blocked. So do not believe movies that are trying to convince the viewers in the reverse. 😉
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Summer hiking in Florida is so special. So many flowers, flowing creeks, and new things to discover. Couldn’t imagine missing out on the season and experiences like this ❤️ #girlswhohikefl #keepflwild #lovefl #ftha #floridatrail #flstateparks #roamflorida #naturalnorthflorida #floridahikingalliance


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OFTEN IMITATED, NEVER DUPLICATED: it looks like our 6-month #weneedaflamingoemoji campaign is finally taking flight! It’s easy to ruffle feathers when #NZKW2018 + #WorldEmojiDay2018 collide!


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Don’t run away, it’s #worldsnakeday! Eastern cottonmouths are likely the most feared snake in the southeast, but also one of the most photogenic! These fish eaters have a horrible reputation of going after anything that moves, which simply isn’t true. They are an assertive snake, often standing their ground with this head-up posture or wide-open mouth to stave off potential threats, but when push comes to shove, they will turn tail and slither away from a confrontation. Show some love to our slithery friends today 🐍 💕


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Fresh water springs are scattered all throughout Florida. This one here is located in the Wekiva River Basin.
The best springs are the hidden springs though.... want to go see them? Well, we know some people... 😉
Check us out ~ @lifesurvivalflorida 🌲
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📸@carltonward
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Coral reefs rise close to the surface in Dry Tortugas National Park, with the historic lighthouse at Loggerhead Key in the background. Seventy miles west of Key West, Florida, this lighthouse marks the tip of a Marine Protected Area where the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico meet. Corals here remain relatively pristine compared to reefs closer to Florida's heavily developed coastlines. But no corner of the ocean is beyond the reach of plastics pollution. I share this photograph on #WorldOceansDay as a reminder of what is at stake if we don't clean up our act.
Join me in signing the #planetorplastics pledge @natgeo. Shot #onassigment for @nature_org in @drytortugasnps. #Coral #reef #ocean #floridawild #keepflwild #pureflorida #lovefl


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Today marks a month until I’m back to beautiful Florida! And back to my family and lovely @gemamele!


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Missing the swamp #keepFLwild


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Happy #worldsnakeday Here are a few of my favorite encounters with my slithery friends since I caught the shutterbug. Can’t wait for the next one.
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#sneks #blackracer #yellowratsnake #cornsnake #redratsnake #snakesofinstagram #snakesinthegrass #snek #herping #keepflwild


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#NationalZooKeeperWeek with Callie Carpenter @coxson: Voluntary nail trim training! I’m so happy about how this project is going so far. Ku used to run to the other end of the habitat when he saw the dremel. Now he is starting to become really comfortable around it! #NZKW2018


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@dre_jumper calling in his cow dogs with a cracker whip at his family’s ranch on the Big Cypress Seminole Reservation #evergladescowboys
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#florida #cowboys #ranching #seminolepride #keepflwild #floridawild #pathofthepanther


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Ma (left) and Pa (right) bluebird returning with breakfast grub (literally)for their babies. I feel like they pause at this tree while they try to remember which ones got fed last trip.
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#bluebirds #easternbluebird #easternbluebirds #bluebird #breakfastclub #grubbingout #birdparents #flbirds #floridabirds #birdstagram #bestbirds #flnature #keepflwild


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Our members benefit from hearing presentations on a variety topics by featured speakers throughout the year at our monthly meetings. Often these relate to that month’s field trip, providing a deeper level of knowledge about the native plants or habitats they will see.

This past February, Linda Briggs-Thompson, Environmental Program Manager with Broward County Parks, gave a presentation on the history and status of Broward’s Natural Areas. She also led that month’s field trip to Crystal Lake Sand Pine Scrub Natural Area with her team that directly manage the site and perform invasive plant removal. They provided insight to our members about the importance of land management of rare scrub habitat.

#flnativeplants #browardfnps #fnpsfieldtrip #keepflwild #pompanobeach #browardcounty


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Adventures only happen to the adventurous...
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#keepflwild #pathofthepanther #explore #wildernessculture @yoloboard


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Sub adult Little Blue Heron.


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When the weather’s nice and the rain takes a break, we take the Jeep to get an all-natural mud treatment. She seems to like it #bonitasprings #mudlife #florida #keepflwild #swamp #toplesslife #jeepin #keeponjeepin


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Visited my alligator friend this morning. Found him here barely alive almost three years ago. He was the biggest alligator I have ever seen in the Suwannee, but he was so thin. I always try to make it back to this spot when I’m in the area ❤️ #floridahikes #floridatrail #girlswhohikefl #ftha #floridahikingalliance #keepflwild


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DID YOU KNOW by supporting Palm Beach Zoo you are supporting wildlife ambassadors who educate and promote conservation?

It's National Zookeeper Week -- a time to recognize our amazing, dedicated and hardworking animal ambassadors!

Have you ever tried to make a toy out of fire hoses, bamboo or palm fronds? Well, it takes MacGyver-like SKILLS! In addition to providing top quality care for our wildlife, our keepers also spend part of their day engaging visitors on conservation topics and inspiring people to serve as ambassadors for their WILD friends.

LET’S SHOW OUR KEEPERS SOME LOVE!

📷 @aazkinc


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We are super-slow and limbless...we have no chance to survive. Unless... and yes I realize it's a little weird, but what about a giant shell of armor in a hypnotic spiral design that will disorient predators? And yes, it IS lightweight! [Photo by Hive Theory].
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Photo by @CarltonWard // A white egret preens its breeding plumage in Everglades National Park, which was that starting point of the 2012 Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition. Our team paddled, hiked and biked 1,000+ miles in 100 consecutive days, tracing the last remaining wildlife corridor still connecting the Everglades (southern tip of Florida) north to the Okefenokee Swamp (southern Georgia). Everglades wading bird populations have declined by more than 90 percent from their peak. Plume hunters aggressively killed wading birds in the late 1800s — as many as 5 million each year — primarily to provide feathers to decorate hats that were fashionable in America and Europe. Seeing birds hunted nearly to extinction galvanized the early environmental movement, including establishment of the modern National Audubon Society and President Roosevelt creating the first National Wildlife Refuge (Pelican Island) in 1903. Habitat loss for development and draining of wetlands have continued to challenge wading birds, but protecting more land and restoring the flow of the Everglades offers hope for recovery. My current #PathofthePanther project with @NatGeo is working to bring more attention to the Florida Wildlife Corridor through the story of the endangered Florida panther, because without protecting a wildlife corridor to the north, the panther will have no path to recovery. The clock is ticking as 1000 people move to Florida each day. Five million acres of the Corridor are projected to be lost by 2070 if development continues to sprawl on its current trajectory. Please connect with me @carltonward and please share this story so we can help save the #FloridaWildlifeCorridor. @fl_wildcorridor @insidenatgeo. #everglades #expedition #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild @audubonsociety @evergladesnps. Expedition team members: @joeguthrie8 @mallorydimmitt @filmnatureman.


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68/365 ~ It is the bits of beauty, which our soul seeks, that define our journey through life’s swamp.... #unexpectedorchidsighting #naplesflorida #keepflwild #project365 #potd


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The Queen of Red Hill is here!

Watch our new film about the Gopher Tortoises of Red Hill and the special people whose vision and dedication made this story possible:

https://vimeo.com/279384555
https://youtu.be/r8X18LeBc4I
https://www.facebook.com/ArchboldBiologicalStation/videos/1826945244010791/

#GopherTortoise #Herpetology #FloridaWildlife #FloridaScrub #WildFlorida #PrescribedFire #FloridaFire #FloridaConservation #ScrubLife #RealFlorida #KeepFLWild #ConnectProtectRestore Video by @IntoNatureFilms. Funding provided in part by @DisneyConservationFund.


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Tag, you’re it!

Our animals are always up for a game of hide and seek or peek-a-boo! Indulge them during your next visit! #Caturday

📷 Zoo Ambassador @betsystibal


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I’ve been dreaming of the elusive ghost orchid since I was 13 years old. My dad raised orchids in our Tampa home, and I grew up listening to tales of this rare, mysterious ghost of the swamp. Virtually impossible to see until they bloom in a spectacular show of ethereal white blooms. Finding this double bloom, high up in a pond apple tree, deep in the Fakahatchee Strand, in a thunderstorm, made all those stories come to life in the most spectacular way.


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Good morning from shell key 😌#florida_greatshots #roamflorida #floridaexplored #keepflwild


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A juvenile American green tree frog (Hyla cinerea) stays hidden in the leaves during the day as it rests. This specimen was about the size of a quarter. #green #frog #greentreefrog #hylacinerea #herping #herpetology #earthcapture #natgeo #yourshotphotographer #shotoniphone #floridawildlife #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild


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Regrann from @browardchapterfnps - It is #FlowerFriday! Check out these big flowers of Buttonbush, Cephalanthus occidentalis. It is easy to see why this long-lived perennial shrub attracts a variety of beneficial pollinators throughout the year. Visit www.fnps.org/plants and search Buttonbush to learn more about this plant!

Next time you’re near a swamp, marsh, or river floodplain, keep your eyes peeled and nose receptive to spot and enjoy its fragrant, ball-like flowers! If you’re in Broward County, look for them at Long Key Natural Area and Nature Center.
#flnativeplants #browardnfnps #browardnaturalareas #keepflwild #plantnative #createhabitat #buttonbush #cephalanthusoccidentalis #rubiaceae


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It is #FlowerFriday! Check out these big flowers of Buttonbush, Cephalanthus occidentalis. It is easy to see why this long-lived perennial shrub attracts a variety of beneficial pollinators throughout the year. Visit www.fnps.org/plants and search Buttonbush to learn more about this plant!

Next time you’re near a swamp, marsh, or river floodplain, keep your eyes peeled and nose receptive to spot and enjoy its fragrant, ball-like flowers! If you’re in Broward County, look for them at Long Key Natural Area and Nature Center.

#flnativeplants #browardfnps #browardnaturalareas #keepflwild #plantnative #createhabitat #buttonbush #cephalanthusoccidentalis #rubiaceae


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Here, Ben Bond-Lamberty is collecting sandy and muck soils from Disney Wilderness Preserve (2014) to understand differences in the molecular composition and biodegradability of soil pore waters.


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The beauty of the swamp draws me in, like a moth to the moon. The hunt for ghost orchids begins 🌙 #pathofthepanther


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ALL TOGETHER NOW: #weneedaflamingoemoji Friday!!!

📷 Kathy Sergio


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Photo by @CarltonWard | Light rain was falling steadily the evening I met the Yates family at the cow pens. The previous morning we had ridden horseback through a palm and oak hammock where Morgan Yates had stopped to pick fruit from a wild orange tree. The late morning light wasn't great and she offered to come back with her traditional Seminole dress that afternoon. But thunderstorms lingered. As hope of any sunset light faded, I wondered whether we would need to try another day. Then Morgan climbed on her horse bareback and led us toward the woods. She grew up in the saddle and carries her Seminole heritage with grace. She is a member of the Panther Clan and I was spending time with her family for my Path of the Panther project supported by National Geographic Society. We had fun trying to make pictures in dim dusk light and half drowned two cameras in the process. Morgan was unfazed by the rain, not surprising since she drove cattle through an actual hurricane when she was 6. I am thankful that the Yates have shared some of their world with me. Please join me @carltonward as we follow the #PathofthePanther. #seminole #nativepride #pantherclan #FloridaWild @fl_wildcorridor #keepflwild


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An almost-too-late TBT to the day I learned moles have teeth and will bite you. This eastern mole was burrowing along just below the ground and my dog Penny dug him up. I grabbed him to keep him out of her snappy jaws (high prey drive in that dog), and as I was taking a few quick photos he let loose with snappy jaws of his own. For the record, mole teeth are very sharp — like tiny needles. I dropped him and he dug back into the soil in three seconds flat, leaving me bleeding and Penny confused about where her new toy had gone.
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#mole #moles #digdigdig #burrower #dogtoy #gotbit #chompy #underground #natureiswild #nature #wildthings #keepflwild #whenanimalsattack #insectivore #floridaoutdoors #gardening #wildflorida #naturalflorida #naturalist #nature #wildlife_seekers #wildlifephotography #wildlife #floridaexplored #optoutdoors #optoutside #walkingthedog


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Scenic route through the Everglades. Photo by @edinchavez Join us in exploring Florida and tag your photos with #floridaexplored .
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#evergladesnationalpark #keepflwild #upsideofflorida #floridasunset #travelflorida #floridatravel


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#Repost from @natgeo with @regram.app ... Photo by @CarltonWard | Light rain was falling steadily the evening I met the Yates family at the cow pens. The previous morning we had ridden horseback through a palm and oak hammock where Morgan Yates had stopped to pick fruit from a wild orange tree. The late morning light wasn't great and she offered to come back with her traditional Seminole dress that afternoon. But thunderstorms lingered. As hope of any sunset light faded, I wondered whether we would need to try another day. Then Morgan climbed on her horse bareback and led us toward the woods. She grew up in the saddle and carries her Seminole heritage with grace. She is a member of the Panther Clan and I was spending time with her family for my Path of the Panther project supported by National Geographic Society. We had fun trying to make pictures in dim dusk light and half drowned two cameras in the process. Morgan was unfazed by the rain, not surprising since she drove cattle through an actual hurricane when she was 6. I am thankful that the Yates have shared some of their world with me. Please join me @carltonward as we follow the #PathofthePanther. #seminole #nativepride #pantherclan #FloridaWild @fl_wildcorridor #keepflwild


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#ThrowbackThursday to our Field Trip at Big Cypress National Preserve from February 2017. Picture here are our members botanizing and observing Small Butterwort, Pinguicula pumila.

#TBT #flnativeplants #browardfnps #fnpsfieldtrip #keepflwild #bigcypressnationalpreserve #bigcypress #findyourpark


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It took way too long but I finally did it! I’ve caught my first bluefin killifish (Lucania goodei). For a while I did not realize that these inhabited my local waters, but once I found them I had to catch them. They like to stay low in the water, in and just above the grass. If you can get a bait past the mosquito fish, the killifish will bite aggressively.
This species gets its name from the bright blue fins that appear on the males, but the females are mostly colorless. They are also very popular aquarium fish that do well in peaceful community tanks with similar sized fish.
#bluefinkillifish #lucaniagoodei #killifish #blue #red #microfishing #multispeciesfishing #tanago #tanagofishing #tenkara #floridafishing #macro #macrophotography #shotoniphone #floridawildlife #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild #ichthyology #fishphotography #catchandrelease #macro_captures #earthcapture


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Dry conditions across Florida have shrunk many inland water bodies, concentrating gators and other wetland species into tight groups. Whose up for a swim in the pond? 🐊👀 #floridawildlife #keepflwild #floridawild #pathofthepanther


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