Earth Day at PINWR

An artful strangler fig (Ficus aurea) snakes around the trunk of a sabal palmetto (Sabal palmetto) at the entrance to the Centennial trail at the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge (PINWR), the very first national wildlife refuge, on Earth Day…

National Honeybee Day

Today, 8/20/2016, is national honeybee day. Honeybees (Apis mollifera) are "imports" from Europe that are "farmed" (and trucked) to perform pollination services for a variety of crops and to produce honey. Our nation's beekeepers report a decline of 44% from…

Coontie at FMEL & Elsewhere

At Audubon House volunteers relocated giant leather ferns (Acrostichum daeniofolium) to the low areas of the dry retention pond and replaced them with comely coonties (Zamia floridana) graciously donated by Robin Pelensky of Surlaterre Landscape Architecture. Coonties already are planted…