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Weekly “What is it?”: Killdeer

Twice in the past week, I’ve had the pleasure of running across the charming killdeer (Charadrius vociferous), a species of bird related to the endangered plovers often found on area beaches.  While they may also live near the water, killdeer are commonly found inland.  Killdeer have several identifying features, including short bills, brown and white bodies, and two …

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Weekly What Is It: Native Azaleas

While most of the azaleas in my neighborhood have had an early first bloom, if you visit a forested wetland in our area right now you might be treated with the delicate blossoms of one of our native azaleas.  On a recent Panhandle Outdoors LIVE trip to the swamp boardwalk at Weeks Bay National Estuarine …

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Weekly “What is it?”: Spiderworts

This week’s feature is a pretty little plant (considered a weed by most) that most people have encountered in their yards or on roadsides.  The native spiderwort (genus Tradescantia)  is a perennial flower that grows in clusters, often in moist soils.  The plant can be identified quickly by its triad of  violet petals and bright green, straplike leaves.  …

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Weekly “What is it?”: Leaf galls

As an ecologist and often the token “outdoorsy” person in any given crowd, people often point to a plant or animal or describe something they’ve seen and ask me, “What is it?”  I relish these small opportunities to teach my family and friends about the fascinating things they can find in nature.  To that end, …

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This Week in FFL

“Nature will bear the closest inspection.  She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plan.” – Henry David Thoreau Are you interested in getting an “insect view” of the flora and fauna around you, and learning how humans interrelate with the larger ecosystem?  If so, a …

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