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Wolf’s Milk Slime Mold

Y’all, wilderness is wild! One of the most fun parts of environmental studies is uncovering just how complex, and intricate every single little thing is. With that in mind, I would like to introduce you to one of my newer discoveries: slime mold! So, I’ve heard of slime molds before. I am sure

Up Close and Personal with our Neighbors, the Florida's State Butterfly

  Passion flowers, with over 550 varieties, have some of the most unique flowers around and became especially popular during the Victorian Era. Most kinds of passion flowers can produce passion fruit popularly referred to as maracuja. The passion flower is also a host to many different

Mystery Nest

Mystery Nest One sunny day while rearranging my butterfly garden pots, I found what I thought to be a snake’s nest underneath one of the pots! There were 7 fairly large oval eggs, each about 1-2 inches long, next to about 7 inches of what looked like a snake’s tail! As the animal backed out a

Together We Can Save Sea Turtles

While you're enjoying our beaches and waterways, it's always a good idea for keep an eye out for injured wildlife. Gumbo Limbo’s Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Facility relies on the community to help us locate and respond to injured sea turtles.  An injured sea turtle will likely have washed up

Hammock Happenings - July 2020

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

Registration for Virtual Environmental Camp is Open

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