We’re now in the middle of the dry season here in Florida. We see the effects of this everywhere. The water in ponds recedes and their banks expand. The cypress trees lose their needles and animals shift their behavior to correspond to the changing environment.
Florida in general, and south Florida in particular, have become a well-known hotspot for non-native invasive species. Our subtropical climate provides an excellent territory for introduced species to gain a foothold.
We have lots of jokes about snowbirds, but we often don’t think about the origin of the term. Because of the near-constant warmth here, we have a huge number of year-round avian residents, so it can be easy to forget about our migrants. However, there are plenty of birds that use Florida only as a
Here in South Florida, we don’t get the same seasons like they do up north. I admit that I still feel a bit nostalgic for autumn and winter at times. While we are technically only ‘subtropical’ here, we experience a rainy season and a dry season much like those that occur in the tropics.
There is nothing quite as iconic to Florida as a trip to the beach. There are a number of reasons people go there, but Florida offers an extraordinary opportunity for those who like to collect shells.
What are these feet? We have a plethora of wading birds here, but this can cause problems with trying to identify a particular individual. Let’s focus on some of the subtle characteristics that can help you distinguish between our frequent long-legged visitors.
From looking at the initial picture, you might think that we already discussed this particular plant species already. It looks similar to the cabal palm. This is a closely related species that is a bit different, the saw palmetto.
Oak trees can be found throughout the northern hemisphere, but Florida has an interesting oak species that doesn’t look or act like most others.
Rain. Almost as common in Florida as sand. We have the 5th highest total average precipitation of any state, and it’s heavily concentrated to the summer. Florida would look quite different without it.
Sand is an integral part of the Florida story. The white sandy beaches are a major reason why people come here. But why are the beaches like that? What is it about Florida that produces such things? And, in the end, what really is sand?