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Random Plant: Common buttonbush

Although native to wetlands throughout much of eastern North America, common buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis, Rubiaceae) is particularly common in the Florida Everglades. I came across several of these woody shrubs along the Anhinga Trail at Everglades National Park last spring. Buttonbush … Continue reading

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American alligator

When my wife and I visited southern Florida last April one of our priorities was to see American alligators (Crocodylia: Alligatoridae: Alligator mississippiensis) in the wild. Our first stop was along the Anhinga Trail at Everglades National Park, and here … Continue reading

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Random Plant: Paurotis/Everglades palm

The main road through Everglades National Park ends at Flamingo, and outside the visitor center are a number of interesting palms. One that I found particularly striking was the Paurotis or Everglades palm (Acoelorrhaphe wrightii, Arecaceae). While present in the … Continue reading

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Florida Panther

When I visited Everglades National Park a few weeks ago, this was unsurprisingly the closest I came to a Florida panther (Puma concolor coryi, Felidae): With fewer than 100 individuals left in the wild, this distinct subspecies of cougar now … Continue reading

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Random Plant: Florida royal palm

Close to the eastern entrance of Everglades National Park is a location called Royal Palm. This spot hosts the trailheads for the Anhinga and Gumbo Limbo trails. Fittingly it also hosts a number of Florida royal palm trees (Roystonea elata … Continue reading

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Basking Cooters

While walking along the Anhinga Trail at Everglades National Park there were many cooter turtles (Pseudemys sp., Emydidae) basking on the rocks along the waterways. Some were doing so in a rather amusing fashion: In these waters there were both Florida … Continue reading

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Everglades National Park: Plant communities

At home here in southeast Michigan I’ve spent the last few years gaining a better understanding of the plant communities in my area. Although this is a heavily agricultural region, there are many pockets of various hardwood forests, savannahs, prairies, … Continue reading

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