Nature’s Reflections-Pileated Woodpecker

Nature’s Reflections-Pileated Woodpecker

The Pileated Woodpecker, (Melanerpes carolinus) is the largest and most famous of Florida’s seven woodpeckers. It was the inspiration for the cartoon character Woody Woodpecker. A mature bird is fifteen to nineteen inches tall and weighs about twelve ounces.   This woodpecker is easily identified by its bold black and white striped head and neck, […]

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Nature’s Reflections-Florida’s Cattle Egret

Nature’s Reflections-Florida’s Cattle Egret

The Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis), native to Africa and Asia, is believed to have traveled across the Atlantic to South America in the late 1800s. From there, it migrated north to the US in the early 1940s. Over the next fifty years, it became one of the most prolific herons in all of North America. […]

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Nature’s Reflections-West Indian Manatee

Nature’s Reflections-West Indian Manatee

A Unique Native Floridian   The West Indian manatee, (Trichechus manatus), is found throughout Florida’s shallow, slow-moving rivers, estuaries, saltwater bays and coastal areas. This large aquatic mammal with its innocent looking face reaches ten feet in length and weighs more than a thousand pounds. It has two flippers and a round elongated body that […]

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Nature’s Reflections – Florida’s Gulf Fritillary

Nature’s Reflections – Florida’s Gulf Fritillary

Florida’s Gulf Fritillary A member of the longwings, brush-footed family   The Gulf fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) is a striking, bright orange, medium-sized butterfly common to Florida. Its wingspan is less than three inches. Its forewings are long and fairly narrow, orange above with black markings, and three black-encircled white or silvery spots at the front […]

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