Nature Blog

Enjoy staff-written articles from the Hammock Happenings Newsletter and Program Guide.

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.  Read More

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!  Read More

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 pieces that an intergenerational family can understand.  Read More

The 2019 Sea Turtle Nesting Season - A Very Busy Year!

This year, Boca Raton beaches saw a remarkably busy sea turtle nesting season in which two record highs were broken!  We recorded 392 green sea turtle nests this season compared to the previous record of 331 nests in 2013.  We also recorded 913 loggerhead nests and 18 leatherback nests.  Read More

'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.  Read More

All About Our Sea Turtle Hatchlings

Boca Raton‘s beaches see hundreds of sea turtle nests every summer during sea turtle nesting season (March 1 to October 31).  Each of these nests might have up to a hundred eggs inside.  After they hatch, the hatchlings race to the ocean where they will swim upwards of 20 miles offshore to reach floating patches of sargassum seaweed.  Read More

Arachnid Tale

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center doesn’t only have marine animals.  Gumbo Limbo also houses gopher tortoises, Florida box turtles, and red rat snakes so that visitors have an opportunity to learn more about the variety of Florida’s native animals.  Read More

Nesting Birds on Boca's Beach

Photo by Ben Hicks   This summer (2019) Boca Raton’s beaches were not only visited by tourists and nesting sea turtles, but a colony of least terns!  Read More

Our First Sea Turtle Labor & Delivery Ward

Every nesting season, large adult sea turtles migrate long distances after leaving their foraging grounds to mate in nearshore environments; coincidentally, where humans often recreate.  It’s common to see large mating turtles close to shore, leaving them vulnerable to being hit by watercraft.  Read More

Kirby's Big Adventure

Here at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, we work hard to make sure all of our animals get the best care possible.  Unfortunately, our animals cannot tell us if they are not feeling well so we take the time to observe each one individually.  Read More