Black Skimmer Nesting

Any visit to Florida’s beaches gives you surf, sun, and skimmers! Black skimmers, a bird named for their color and their feeding habits, are a year-round resident of Florida’s shores. They are one of Florida’s largest shorebirds with a wingspan of about 14 inches. Just like their cousins, terns and gulls, their wings form a […]

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Florida Feature: Historic Nests on Sarasota County’s Beaches

Sarasota County is starting off sea turtle nesting season with a bang! Sarasota and Venice each host one leatherback sea turtle nest, a first since 2001. These turtles can reach over 7 feet long and usually weigh over 1,000 pounds. It definitely shows in the tracks the females leave on the beach! Photos of the […]

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Florida Feature – Swallow-tailed Kites Grace Florida’s Skies This Spring

Look to the sky in a freshwater forest and you may see a tropical visitor gliding on Florida’s springtime air currents! Swallow-tailed kites, named for their soaring flight pattern and deeply V’d tails, migrate north from Central and South America in March to breed. Despite their intimidating beaks and sharp claws, adult swallow-tailed kites eat […]

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Crocodiles win for Most Romantic Valentine’s Day

South Florida marks the northernmost range of the American crocodile, which stretches through the Caribbean to parts of South America. Throughout the breeding season (from February through June), they can be found in salty waters such as the Florida Bay. They spread themselves out during the rest of the year, even spending time in the […]

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Gray, Fox, and Flying, oh my!

It’s January, which means we at Nature’s Academy are celebrating National Squirrel Day on January 21st! Florida is home to three native species of squirrels. They’re what’s known as “generalists” and can survive almost anywhere as long as there’s enough food to go around. The most common Florida species, the eastern gray squirrel, is found […]

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