Where: In freshwater ponds, rivers, lakes. Identification: With broad, thick, glossy, ovate leaves, water hyacinth may rise above the surface of the water as much as 1 meter in height. The leaves are 10–20 cm across, and float above the water surface. They have long, spongy and bulbous stalks. The feathery, freely hanging roots are […]
Where: In shallow water or wet soil Identification: Very large thorns (sometimes 4-6” in length) help to deter larger birds and other similar threats. Best Time of Year: All Fun facts: AKA “Give-Me-A-Minute Tree”. Its large and expansive root system helps to stabilize wet and mucky banks. Greenish-white bell shaped blooms are hermaphroditic.
Where: Open prairies and at water’s edge for drinking. Identification: The deer can be recognized by the characteristic white underside to its tail. It raises its tail when it is alarmed to warn the predator that it has been detected. Best Time of Year: All Fun facts: Males regrow their antlers every year, and about […]
“It was a big white bird with a strange head, and its wings had black on them…” So begin more identification requests this year than ever before, so it must be a good year for wood storks in Florida, at least in the Sarasota area. And I’ve been seeing them by the side of the […]