Slither into Summer: The Reptile Discovery Center

Photos by Scott and Kelsey Walters  Summer is here and for a lot of us, that means more time outdoors, enjoying the beach, springs and waterways while we soak up the sun. Living in a coastal community, it’s easy to forget about Florida’s other non-oceanic ecosystems and the abundance of wildlife we are surrounded with on a daily basis.  The Reptile Discovery Center in DeLand … Continue reading Slither into Summer: The Reptile Discovery Center

Somewhere Beyond the Sea

Photos by Kelsey & Scott Walters  Living in a peninsula like Florida, we are surrounded by water and ocean life, but it’s rare that we get to see the animals beneath the waves face-to-face. The Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in Sarasota combines adventure with education to provide the opportunity to meet hundreds of marine species from in and around our coastal communities.  Mote Marine … Continue reading Somewhere Beyond the Sea

Gator Week returns to Wild Florida with free Gator Park admission and National Alligator Day celebrations

It’s no secret Wild Florida knows a thing or two about alligators. To share this knowledge and passion with visitors, Wild Florida will host Gator Week, May 24 – 29, and offer free Gator Park admission to everyone who brings in spare change. At the end of Gator Week, Wild Florida will also celebrate the inaugural National Alligator Day on Saturday, May 29. In addition … Continue reading Gator Week returns to Wild Florida with free Gator Park admission and National Alligator Day celebrations

Sea Turtle Nesting Season Begins

Turtle nesting season officially starts May 1, which means hundreds of sea turtles will be emerging from the surf to lay eggs on the beach in the next few months. Sea Turtle Nesting Season: May 1 – October 31 Although leatherback and loggerhead sea turtle nesting has already begun on other beaches in southern and central Florida, Volusia County managed beaches have yet to receive … Continue reading Sea Turtle Nesting Season Begins

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Learn Wild Facts on Local Eco-Tours

Feature photo by Sherry Taylor, Daytona/NSB Discovery Map Did you know alligator snapping turtles laugh so hard, no sounds come out? Just kidding! The fact is these guys do not have vocal cords. Also like most turtles, they make a range of hissing sounds (think air escaping a balloon). So, why are their mouths agape all the time? Because alligator snapping turtles are ambush predators. … Continue reading Learn Wild Facts on Local Eco-Tours

The Wild Side of Florida

Photos by Kelsey & Scott Walters  Florida is home to a number of wild creatures. Although animals like alligators, bobcats and the elusive Florida panther may be plentiful in our state, they can be a challenge to spot in the wild (and from a safe vantage point).  Wild Florida – Kenansville, FL  Wild Florida offers the chance to see not only native Florida wildlife, but … Continue reading The Wild Side of Florida

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Prescribed burn set for Longleaf Pine Preserve

A message from Volusia County Community Information Volusia County’s Land Management personnel will conduct a 13-acre prescribed burn today, Dec. 29, in Longleaf Pine Preserve, New Smyrna Beach. The burn will take place north of Pioneer Trail off Far East Airstrip Road. There will be no impact to trails or public use.  The prescribed burn planned for Lyonia Preserve today has been canceled.  Historically, nature … Continue reading Prescribed burn set for Longleaf Pine Preserve

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Prescribed Burn Planned for Lyonia Preserve

Weather conditions are favorable in upcoming weeks for a prescribed burn in Lyonia Preserve, Deltona. The five-acre burn, which will be conducted by Volusia County Land Management, will take place on the east side of Providence Road. No trail closures are anticipated.  Prescribed Burn Planned for West Volusia Prescribed burns are weather dependent with advance notice typically provided 48 hour or less in advance.  The … Continue reading Prescribed Burn Planned for Lyonia Preserve

Summer in Bloom

Photos by Kelsey and Scott Walters Kanapaha Botanical Gardens – Gainesville, Florida  Back in 1513 when explorer, Juan Ponce de Leon (yes, the same namesake of Ponce Inlet and De Leon Springs), stumbled across our southern state in his search for the elusive Fountain of Youth, he was overwhelmed with the land’ s budding tropical beauty. When he laid claim to the territory for Spain … Continue reading Summer in Bloom

Lions, Tigers and Bears…Oh, my!

Down a long dirt road, in the middle of nowhere in Melrose, lies an animal lover’s paradise. If you happened to be driving by, you would find a simple wooden fence with a “Tiger Crossing” sign attached and wonder what could possibly be behind those gates. I promise you it’s worth investigating. Single Vision Wildlife Sanctuary in Melrose, FL Single Vision, Inc. is a 274-acre … Continue reading Lions, Tigers and Bears…Oh, my!