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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Florida Feature – The Great Manatee Migration

Late fall marks the cross-country journey of our favorite sea cow! Manatees migrate from hundreds of miles away to use a unique feature of Florida’s spring systems that’s responsible for their survival. While appearing fat, manatees lack a thick blubber layer that protects its marine mammal cousins such as bottlenose dolphins from the cold. Manatees […]

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Florida Feature – Florida’s Autumn Hues

It’s that time of year again! Across the Northern Hemisphere, some plant species are all decked out in red, yellow, or orange in preparation for freezing winter temperatures. Known as “deciduous,” these plants time the dropping of their leaves with low temperatures and less intense sunlight. Once a deciduous plant gets its cue, its leaves […]

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