Panther Island Adventures!

Panther Island is 2,800 acres of restored wetland and upland habitats situated in the northwest corner of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary's 13,000 acres. It is home to numerous plants and animals including the Florida panther and the iconic wood stork.
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Sunday, August 17, 2014

AmeriCorps is back!

Last year, a group of AmeriCorps volunteers came to help with resource management. A second group recently arrived and been hard at work learning about the local ecosystems and their flora and fauna while treating Brazilian pepper. One of the cool parts of their trip is their following up and retreating the area the team worked on last year. Just as important as the initial treatment are the subsequent treatments! 

Photo: taking a swamp walk 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Back in action!

Well it has been quite some time since I posted to my blog. I apologize for letting the time get away from me. I have a renewed vigor now that the intern program is up and running again. Plus I just got my hands on a GoPro! So look for new photos, videos, and fun facts from your favorite resource manager soon! Since we just completed out annual butterfly survey with the North American Butterfly Association, I'll leave you with some beautiful shots of our fluttering pollinators!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Swamp Rule #2: Be tenacious!

Today I am working in an area that was once heavily infested with Peruvian primrose willow. I have heard numerous people say you can't remove it with just herbicide...I beg to differ! Timing and being TENACIOUS are two things essential to eradicate this invasive with just herbicide (no mowing or fire). Now to get rid of the Brazilian pepper trying to take over the battlefield where that hard fought battle was won! Keep in mind we are trying to win the war against invasives and an occasional battle will be lost along the way. But tenacity can will see me through.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Swamp Rule #1: Check herbicide lids!

So sometimes in my excitement or spraying groove I forget to check and make sure the lid to my herbicide sprayer of the day is secure. No big deal right?! WRONG! You end with herbicide with blue indicator dye in it splashed down your back when you do this! It makes you look like you waged war with the Smurf village and there was lots of life lost...on their end.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

They're back!

This time of year I find myself glancing skyward more regularly and my ears are tuned for a particular sound. Can you guess whose arrival I am awaiting???

Swallow-tailed kites! These beautiful birds are summer migrants that come up from South America. And I am happy to say while I have yet to see one, I did hear two calling out on Panther Island earlier today! Awesome Valentine's Day gift from Mother Nature!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Swamp Rules

So as I go about my work I am often klutzy, sometimes downright stupid (sorry Jason), and always easily amused. I have decided to start a series as part of my blog called "Swamp Rules", a collection of somewhat silly but entertaining anecdotal rules of things to do and NOT do while working in the field. No need for others to reinvent the wheel...might as well learn from my experiences! I hope you'll enjoy.