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
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.
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
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