Please join us in welcoming our new executive director, Jason Lauritsen. Check out our latest newsletter (link in bio!) to learn more about Jason and his vision to connect, protect and restore the Florida Wildlife Corridor! #KeepFLwild 🐾🐾
Congrats, @macstonephoto! Thanks for capturing what’s at stake here in Florida and sharing it in such a beautiful way. #Repost@macstonephoto ・・・Thrilled and honored to announce that I’ve been awarded the Philip Hyde Environmental Grant from @nanpapix. The grant will go towards my efforts to tell the stories found within the remaining Old Growth swamps left in the southeast. These ancient flooded forests remind us what the southern landscape used to look like and how it functioned before industrial logging removed the centuries-old trees. #oldgrowth#swamp#swamplife#everglades#florida
Keep thisssss in mind. 🐍👇🏽#wildFL#Repost@genesispythons ・・・Let's talk about Cottonmouths. Also known as Water Moccasins, these venomous pit-vipers are one of the most feared and maligned animals in the United States. So many times I hear stories about these snakes chasing people. Just the other day, I was admiring one on the side of the road and an older gentleman pulled up next to me. When he found out I was looking at a "moccasin" he told me to be super careful because "it'll kill you, me, and all your family." Meanwhile, the snake simply sat there, calm and treating me with respect, as I was with it. Are Cottonmouths venomous and potentially dangerous to human beings? Yes. Should you be careful in areas that have venomous snakes? Yes. Should you carelessly try to pick one up? No. Use some common sense. But realize that these snakes want nothing to do with you. Or the guy driving by. Or your family. They just want to get back to living their lives in the swamp. (I realize this is preaching to the choir for many of you, but I hope it gets read by a few people who find it informative) ____________________ #herping#florida#snake#snakesofinstagram#nikonwildlife#floridaexplored#floridaphotographer
#Repost@lightswitchaddict ・・・I’ve been checking on this Bald Eagle nest in the northern #Everglades since early November and the female has finally laid her eggs. That’s about 6 weeks later than last year. I’ll post some photos when the chicks hatch.
#Repost@peter_houlihan ・・・The Florida #panther is one of the most majestic, elusive, and #endangered icons of #wild#Florida. Populations of these #bigcats in south Florida have rebounded in recent decades from near extinction. With the total number hovering under 200 individuals, there is still a long way to go, and sightings like this remain extremely rare. Friend and fellow @natgeo Explorer, @carltonward, is on a mission to tell their story, and needs your help to do so. Please consider supporting his Kickstarter campaign at PathofthePanther.org, where you can read more information on these efforts (link in @carltonward's bio). . Photo by @peter_houlihan from my very first encounter with a young female Florida panther in the #Fakahatchee Strand @fl.stateparks. I have shared images & videos from this incredible first encounter over the years (from one of my earliest SLR cameras), and from subsequent encounters with this individual (grown up with kittens!) and other #panthers over the years. In digging through the archives, I came across this image from a slightly different angle that shows the impressive length of their legs and tail. After following this curious cat through the #swamp for nearly half an hour one day, I returned to the only dirt road through the #Fakahatchee, and while reviewing my images in awe, she emerged right in front of me and stood firmly locking eyes, and then walked right past me and disappeared. Of the five or so panther encounters I've had while spending a massive amount of time working in the swamps of the #Everglades Basin, this first one remains the most impressive and special. . @natgeoimagecollection@insidenatgeo@fl_wildcorridor#cats#catsofinstagram#wildflorida#southFlorida#PathofthePanther#FloridaWild#keepFLwild