Archbold Biological Station@archboldstation

Independent non-profit research-conservation-education, dedicated to protecting the life, land, and waters of the heart of Florida and beyond.

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Archbold Biological Station

The combination of morning fog with atmospheric particulates from the previous day's nearby prescribed burning produced a spectacular sunrise across oak scrub. Stunning photo taken last week by visiting researcher Warren Abrahamson.
#archboldshares #Archboldconserves #Archboldprotects #loveFL #sunrise #sunriseFL #scrublife


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Clouds from a late afternoon rain parted as the sun was setting over Archbold’s west section to generate a stunning color show. All is beginning to settle as we quiet for a peaceful weekend after a week of great field work including two successful prescribed burns. Photo taken by visiting researcher Warren Abrahamson.
#prescribedfire #loveFL #flsunsets #archboldshares #Archboldprotects #Archboldconserves


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#repost @natgeo Photo by @CarltonWard | An ambitious red-shouldered hawk has caught a sizable dinner—likely a Florida water snake. I witnessed this moment at Buck Island Ranch, part of Archbold Biological Station, which directs research in order to better understand the intricacies of wildlife, water, cattle grazing, and carbon sequestration in the rangelands of the Northern Everglades. These lands are crucial to the Florida Wildlife Corridor and wide-ranging species such as the Florida panther. Shot during my #PathofthePanther storytelling project with @insidenatgeo. For more discoveries from the hidden Everglades, please follow @carltonward#FloridaWild #Everglades#ranch #hawk #keepflwild@ArchboldStation @MacFound@Fl_WildCorridor


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The outstanding Delaney’s golden aster (Chrysopsis delaneyi). While not state listed, it is endemic to the state of Florida. There are few populations in Highlands County, only two of which occur on protected lands. Archbold’s program monitors the status of this species due to its extreme rarity on the Lake Wales Ridge and compares it to other listed golden asters, such as Highlands golden aster (Chrysopsis highlandsensis), and the Florida golden aster (Chrysopsis floridana). Currently, Archbold receives funding to work on all three asters through multiple agencies including the Division of Plant Industry, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
#FloridaNativePlants #nativeplants #Archboldconserves #archboldprotects #archboldshares #keepflwild #loveFL
Photos by Stephanie Koontz


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Warm wishes for a peaceful Holiday from all of us at Archbold. May the beauty of nature surround you and yours, and bring you comfort and joy all year round.
Thank you to all of the wonderful photographers who help us capture these lovely images to share on social media, like this one from Steven Long. We are grateful to our Archbold community for all you give to help us bring a little piece of us to all of you.

#archboldshares #Happyholidays
Photo by Steven Long


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A juvenile Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) at Archbold Biological Station. As you can see from its robust front legs, this little tortoise is already fully equipped for digging! The Gopher Tortoise is considered a keystone species because of its importance to the ecosystem. More than 300 species (including Gopher Frogs, Eastern Indigo Snakes and Florida Mice) use their burrows as refuges to escape fires and extreme heat or cold. Unfortunately, Gopher Tortoise populations are decreasing, mainly due to loss of habitat from human development.
#Archboldconserves #Archboldprotects #Archboldshares #Keystonespecies #KeepFLWild #realFL #loveFL
Photo by Peyton Breault
@peytonbreault


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This Green Lynx Spider (Peucetia viridans) is standing guard over her eggs. She, and two others, were seen yesterday near the Learning Center. Green Lynx Spiders do not use webs to catch prey, but hunt for insects among shrubs and will even catch bees. photo by @dustinangellphoto
#floridaspiders #animalmom #greenlynxspider #conservation


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Lovely seed pod of rosary pea (Abrus precatorius) a plant that looks beautiful, but is invasive at Archbold and much of Highlands County. Seeds are highly poisonous.
#invasive #invasivespecies #archboldshares #poisonousplants

Photo credit: Toby Shaya


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Graduate student Kristen Sullivan from @fiuinstagram finishing an afternoon of fieldwork at Lake Annie. photo by @dustinangellphoto
#conservation #floridastewards #limnology #science


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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


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@madison.ea.harman recently photographed this carnivorous Pink Sundew (Drosera capillaris) at Archbold. To catch their insect prey, Pink Sundews use a glue like substance that looks like dewdrops
#botany #carnivorousplants #plants #sundew #florida


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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


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