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

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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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

Photo: Peyton Breault @peytonbreault


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Pine Lily or Lilium catesbaei are easily visible in the fall when they bloom. (If you're lucky enough to find them!)
#archboldshares #archboldprotects #pureflorida #loveFL #RoamFlorida #FloridaOutdoors
Photo taken by GIS intern- Peyton Breault @peytonbreault


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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!

#Archboldshares #Archboldconserves #FieldStation #RealFlorida #Nature #FloridaEcosystems


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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.

#archboldshares #Archboldconserves #archboldprotects #floridanativeplants #pureflorida #keepflwild #pollinators #nativeplants
Photo by Peyton Breault @peytonbreault


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Crested Caracara or Caracara cheriway are members of the falcon family but are not nearly as quick as their counterparts. Their habitat in Florida mainly includes improved rangelands for agriculture or live-stock grazing areas; which is why they are commonly spotted at Buck Island Ranch.
#ArchboldProtects #FloridaWild #pureflorida #wildlifephotography #Archboldshares #Archboldconserves #keepflwild #lovefl #floridabirds Photo by Peyton Breault @peytonbreault


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Archbold's Plant Ecology Program recently finished its 31st annual census of Dicerandra frutescens, commonly known as Lake Placid Scrub Mint. This federally endangered species is quickly losing habitat to residential and agricultural development, so the populations at Archbold are vitally important, and the research that has followed these populations since 1988 has allowed station staff to better manage habitat for the species. Captured here are the mint's delicate flowers, only a few centimeters long, which can be seen on the plant in September and October.
#floridanativeplants #nativeplants #endangeredspecies #floridascrub #floridaconservation #realflorida #archboldprotects
#archboldshares
#floridaflowers
#Archboldconserves
#loveFL
#keepFLWild


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