Oyster Bar Marsh

Many thanks to Dave Fuss, Indian River Land Trust (IRLT) Director of Stewardship, for leading a wonderful walk at the recently opened Oyster Bar Marsh Conservation Area. Indian River County purchased much of the property in 2001, and the IRLT…

Great Southern White

As a few of us lingered at the end of our walk at Coastal Oaks Preserve, a somewhat tattered great southern white butterfly (Ascia monuste) was sipping nectar from two nearby native plants, oakleaf fleabane (Erigeron quercifoliius) ... ... and…

Pretty Pepperweed

Virginia pepperweed (Lepidium virginicum) was lush and lovely at the Coastal Oaks Preserve when we visited on 2/26/2022. Native from southern Canada through most of the U.S. to central America, this wildflower can be weedy elsewhere and in its native…

Marvelous migration

Great southern white butterflies (Ascia┬ámounte) are especially abundant this year, as they migrate northward. Archbold Biological Station Executive Director Dr. Hilary Swain noted their abundance at the 25th anniversary celebration for Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge held by the Friends…