Monarch butterflies have captured the imagination of many people and it’s easy to see why. Monarchs are big and bold. Their bright colors warn predators that the butterflies are poisonous to many. They are excellent fliers, with one generation flying up to thousands of miles to locations where they will overwinter.
Our wonderful native Florida black bear is a smaller version of the much more common Eastern black bear. Generally shy and reclusive unless protecting cubs, it has good eyesight up close and possibly the best sense of smell of all native animals.
As we try to stay safe at home, many families are looking for interesting and educational activities for kids. Even on days when we can get out to walk or play close to home there are still hours spent inside.
Besides the iconic Florida panther, our other native wild cat is the bobcat, named for its short, or “bobbed” tail, and exists only in North America. While the bobcat may look like a domestic cat, it is definitely a wild animal. Generally living a solitary existence, it uses its eyesight and excellent hearing to hunt for its food.
As many of us are staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic, it may give us a chance to enjoy the natural world close at hand. The first bloom on a sunflower is a welcome sign of spring. Last week in our garden this mighty sunflower, already over 6 feet tall, produced its first flower.
Due to the coronavirus issue, it has been decided to cancel the Florida Wildlife Federation Annual Awards Banquet scheduled for June 6, 2020 at Hutchinson Island. The Awards Banquet is a tradition going back many, many years in which conservation leaders from across the state are recognized for their contributions to the protection of our natural resources. We plan to have the 2021 Awards Banquet next summer at the same location and with the same award winners.
Gopher tortoises are found in all 67 counties across Florida and have been on the planet for 60 million years!
During this time of uncertainty and social distancing due to the COVID-19 virus, we want to wish all FWF members and supporters the best of health. Please be safe, wash your hands and stay at least six feet from others.
Call for 2020 Board Director Nominations
Experience the Ocklawaha River through Film and Stories. Tuesday, Feb. 25 ∙ 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.