Lexi Seagle, Research Assistant in the Plant Ecology Program, is harvesting seeds of the rare Garrett's mint (Dicerandra christmanii) at the Lake Wales Ridge National Wildlife Refuge today. The Plant Ecology Program has permits to collect these seeds, which will be used in augmentations to help increase the numbers of this endemic plant. It's harvest season and we are thankful for the beautiful intact Florida scrub and a chance to be out in the scrub on such a lovely day. #Thankful#FloridaScrub#Scrublife#nativeplants#keepflwild#archboldshares#archboldprotects#Archboldconserves
Repost: @carltonward Very inspired by the work Carlton Ward does for Florida.// It is an incredible feeling to look into the eyes of a bear at ground level in its habitat. This Florida black bear was one of the first I photographed while focusing on the research that ultimately inspired the #FloridaWildlifeCorridor campaign. I was following biologist Joe Guthrie (@joeguthrie8) on foot as he stalked towards this female bear with a dart rifle in a bay head forest on the Hendrie Ranch in Highlands County. The Highlands-Glades Bear Project was a collaboration between University of Kentucky and @ArchboldStation. Joe’s professor David Maehr, who was lost in a plane crash tracking a missing black bear with rancher Mason Smoak, often made the point that there would be no bears in that part of Florida without the proactive stewardship of ranchers. GPS tracking showed that bears traveled as far as 500 miles across a patchwork or ranches, groves and public preserves that keep the Northern Everglades connected for wide ranging wildlife. Through research, bears have shown us what we need to do to save the Corridor, and in that way are preparing the path of recovery for the Florida panther as it reclaims historic territory northwards out of the Everglades. #PathofthePanther@FL_WildCorridor#floridawild#keepflwild#bear#forest#conservation#florida#wildlife@myfwc@natgeo@insidenatgeo#pureflorida@pureflorida
The Eastern Indigo Snake has a beautiful glossy, iridescent, blue-black coloration. This snake is most abundant in sandhill plant communities and uses gopher tortoise burrows as shelter during the winter and for nesting and refuge from the heat during the summer. Due to habitat loss, the Eastern Indigo is federally threatened in both Florida and Georgia. #Snakes#Archboldconserves#archboldshares #archboldprotects#scrublife#loveFL#fieldstation
In 2016 while on her spring break, Cornell University student Ann Dunn found a new species of fairy shrimp near Archbold. So inspired by this, Ann returned to Archbold to now serve as a post-baccalaureate volunteer intern to learn more about this fascinating little creature, only ½ inch long. What a beauty!
Palafoxia feayi or Feay’s Palafox is a native plant species to Florida. It's easy to see the beautiful white flowering blooms at Archbold this time of year, visited by over two dozen species of bees and wasps for its luscious nectar.