Nature Blog

Don't Mess with Mockingbirds

There is a large bougainvillea bush right at a fork in the pathway to my house. It has beautiful dark green foliage with purple flowers, and an abundance of long thorns. My son and I heard peeping one day and decided to investigate. We looked into the bush and found a bird’s nest with 2 or 3 baby

Why Bugs?

Growing up, the only bugs I liked were lady bugs. Lady bugs have a pretty good reputation among kids, they are small, don’t bite and their bright red wings make them visually pleasing and recognizable. Beyond lady bugs, I was not interested in coming across anything with six legs (or eight, but I’ll

Spark Your Heart

People know me as an avid nature lover and outdoorsmen. I look the part too; beard, flannel, and nature stickers covering my Nalgene bottle and laptop. My countless outdoor adventure stories further cement my status as the tree hugging nature dude. So here’s the kicker, I went on my first

Blue Land Crab - No Vacancy

One morning my next-door neighbor told me a giant crab went after her chihuahua the previous night. She told me to watch out, but I was not too concerned about a crab. The next day I went out my backdoor to be greeted by the biggest, and most beautiful crab I have ever seen in my life! The crab

Nature, Our Shared Love

Growing up in South Florida during the 1990s-2000s, I was immersed in nature at an early age. I remember my friends and I would play outside all day riding bikes, fishing, sometimes even catching a fish or two, but mostly just enjoying being outside. Throughout my childhood I was fortunate

Back to Basics

Being a nature nerd from way back, I have evolved my hobbies to include gadgets, books, phone applications, special camera lenses, this list goes on. You name it and I have it or at least know about it. When the quarantine was implemented and parks closed, like many others, I started wondering

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center on TV!

To celebrate Earth Day 2020, we were thrilled to announce that our efforts here at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center were mentioned in not one, but two documentaries that premiered on television on April 22nd and 23rd, 2020. We celebrated virtually with our friends and supporters by watching the national

Play as a Tool for Discovery

Our job, as the Exhibits Team at Gumbo Limbo, is to communicate scientific research and information to our visitors.  However, as an instructor of mine once said: “No one reads scientific journals for fun!” It is our job to find ways to reduce and simplify often complex topics into bite-sized

How Much Sand Do Parrotfish Poop?

You may have overheard in our feeding presentation that parrotfish poop sand, but have you ever wondered how much sand they produce?  It turns out, a lot!  First, in case you haven’t heard our talk yet, parrotfish eat algae off rock surfaces.  When they do this, they ingest little bits of rock

'Tis the Season for Snowbirds

With winter nearing, snowbirds flock to Florida’s tropical climate to escape the frigid months ahead.  Birds and people alike are amongst those who migrate south in fall for the abundance of resources that the tropics has to offer, year-round. There are four common types of bird behaviors that