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  • BISON IN FLORIDA .
Did you know that bison are native to Florida? Imagine bison grazing alongside sunning alligators. The thought of this BLOWS MY DAMN MIND, yet that’s pure wild Florida. Historically, bison could be found here in large numbers, but were eradicated in the 1800s - just as they were throughout most of North America at the hands of white settlers. In 1975, the park service reintroduced them to Florida from federal lands in Oklahoma with the plan to restore a Florida prairie; I believe the herd is now around 50 to 60 individuals. I recently moved to north central Florida and frequently visit Payne’s Prairie State Park in hopes of getting a good view of the herd. I only spotted them as teeny little specks from the lookout tower... That is until last week when I finally got a chance to see them at a closer (yet safe) distance from the trail. Eeeee I’m still excited about it!!.
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#bison #paynesprairie #restoration #florida #wildflorida #pureflorida #keepflwild #stateparks #flstateparks #reintroduction #conservation #wildlifeconservation #wildlife #floridawildlife #prairierestoration #prairie #visitflorida #sunshinestate
  • BISON IN FLORIDA .
    Did you know that bison are native to Florida? Imagine bison grazing alongside sunning alligators. The thought of this BLOWS MY DAMN MIND, yet that’s pure wild Florida. Historically, bison could be found here in large numbers, but were eradicated in the 1800s - just as they were throughout most of North America at the hands of white settlers. In 1975, the park service reintroduced them to Florida from federal lands in Oklahoma with the plan to restore a Florida prairie; I believe the herd is now around 50 to 60 individuals. I recently moved to north central Florida and frequently visit Payne’s Prairie State Park in hopes of getting a good view of the herd. I only spotted them as teeny little specks from the lookout tower... That is until last week when I finally got a chance to see them at a closer (yet safe) distance from the trail. Eeeee I’m still excited about it!!.
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    #bison #paynesprairie #restoration #florida #wildflorida #pureflorida #keepflwild #stateparks #flstateparks #reintroduction #conservation #wildlifeconservation #wildlife #floridawildlife #prairierestoration #prairie #visitflorida #sunshinestate
  • 99 4 14 minutes ago
  • This beautiful lady was resting and drying off under the pier. They are such graceful birds. But, perhaps my favorite thing about anhingas is that their call sounds to me like someone laughing at their own thoughts. .

I have noticed in the past few months that the anhingas have self-segregated along gender lines on the trail near the lake. The females are hanging out in one area, and the males in another. I began to wonder if this is typical of anhingas, or even of other bird species. Upon researching, I discovered that there is quite a bit of scientific research into self-segregation along gender lines in the animal kingdom. Some potential reasons for this separation proffered are: size differences, hunting technique, socialization, and differences in diet. .

This got me thinking about one of the gender differences I have found when attempting to identify birds. Most of the pictures on bird identification sites are of male birds. In some species, I have found only one image of a female/immature male, yet multiple images of the males, usually in breeding plumage. As I was researching the gender segregation, I came across an article (Davis, 2019) that examined the disparity of representation of birds in museum and research collections across gender lines, with only 25% of bird specimens being female birds. Wow! I guess it’s good to be a lady when researchers are out collecting specimens!! .

Have you noticed gender segregation in the birds around you? .

Canon EOS 5D iv, EF 70-200 f2.8L IS ii USM
#anhinga #fromabove
#bestoftheusa_nature #na_natures_art #fwc #cleargram #bird #birdphotography #nature #naturephotography #wildlife #wildlifephotography #floridawildlife #floridaparks #naturefl #visitfl #lovefl #roamflorida #teamcanon
  • This beautiful lady was resting and drying off under the pier. They are such graceful birds. But, perhaps my favorite thing about anhingas is that their call sounds to me like someone laughing at their own thoughts. .

    I have noticed in the past few months that the anhingas have self-segregated along gender lines on the trail near the lake. The females are hanging out in one area, and the males in another. I began to wonder if this is typical of anhingas, or even of other bird species. Upon researching, I discovered that there is quite a bit of scientific research into self-segregation along gender lines in the animal kingdom. Some potential reasons for this separation proffered are: size differences, hunting technique, socialization, and differences in diet. .

    This got me thinking about one of the gender differences I have found when attempting to identify birds. Most of the pictures on bird identification sites are of male birds. In some species, I have found only one image of a female/immature male, yet multiple images of the males, usually in breeding plumage. As I was researching the gender segregation, I came across an article (Davis, 2019) that examined the disparity of representation of birds in museum and research collections across gender lines, with only 25% of bird specimens being female birds. Wow! I guess it’s good to be a lady when researchers are out collecting specimens!! .

    Have you noticed gender segregation in the birds around you? .

    Canon EOS 5D iv, EF 70-200 f2.8L IS ii USM
    #anhinga #fromabove
    #bestoftheusa_nature #na_natures_art #fwc #cleargram #bird #birdphotography #nature #naturephotography #wildlife #wildlifephotography #floridawildlife #floridaparks #naturefl #visitfl #lovefl #roamflorida #teamcanon
  • 65 15 1 hour ago
  • * RAINBOW MONARCHS AND MANATEES CANVAS PRINTS NOW AVAILABLE *

I am taking pre-orders for canvas prints of my newest piece THIS WEEK ONLY! A colorful way to bring a bit of the Florida springs into your home! 18x24" quality wrapped canvas prints are $100 each, ($117 total with shipping and sales tax). Each print is made to order and signed on the back. I will be getting these printed at the end of the week so I will need all pre-orders in by Friday. Your print will arrive to you in the next 2-3 weeks or less. If you would like a different sized canvas (smaller or larger) I can get it printed special for you, just shoot me a DM for pricing :) 8x10" and 4x6" paper prints framed are also available as well and I already have these on hand. They will soon be listed on my Etsy Shop: etsy.com/shop/sammwehmanart <3

This original piece is for sale as well and is 30x36" on very thick hand-stretched gallery wrapped canvas. Message me with any questions! :)
  • * RAINBOW MONARCHS AND MANATEES CANVAS PRINTS NOW AVAILABLE *

    I am taking pre-orders for canvas prints of my newest piece THIS WEEK ONLY! A colorful way to bring a bit of the Florida springs into your home! 18x24" quality wrapped canvas prints are $100 each, ($117 total with shipping and sales tax). Each print is made to order and signed on the back. I will be getting these printed at the end of the week so I will need all pre-orders in by Friday. Your print will arrive to you in the next 2-3 weeks or less. If you would like a different sized canvas (smaller or larger) I can get it printed special for you, just shoot me a DM for pricing :) 8x10" and 4x6" paper prints framed are also available as well and I already have these on hand. They will soon be listed on my Etsy Shop: etsy.com/shop/sammwehmanart <3

    This original piece is for sale as well and is 30x36" on very thick hand-stretched gallery wrapped canvas. Message me with any questions! :)
  • 22 1 2 hours ago
  • A Florida panther and her two kittens using a low water crossing on your Conservation Collier Caracara Prairie Preserve  and CREW Cypress Dome Trails. This female is well known to area biologists due to a healed scar visible on her back leg. Wildlife cameras placed throughout the preserves offer the opportunity to monitor the health and success of this trio over the many months they have been photographed thriving on this large, contiguous swath of conservation land. Captures like this are a great reminder to always keep an eye out for unexpected wildlife tracks along the trails of your Conservation Collier preserves! Big thanks to Tom Mortenson for collecting this video footage.
  • A Florida panther and her two kittens using a low water crossing on your Conservation Collier Caracara Prairie Preserve and CREW Cypress Dome Trails. This female is well known to area biologists due to a healed scar visible on her back leg. Wildlife cameras placed throughout the preserves offer the opportunity to monitor the health and success of this trio over the many months they have been photographed thriving on this large, contiguous swath of conservation land. Captures like this are a great reminder to always keep an eye out for unexpected wildlife tracks along the trails of your Conservation Collier preserves! Big thanks to Tom Mortenson for collecting this video footage.
  • 18 4 3 hours ago
  • ‘You can observe a lot by watching’. Yogi Berra

A resting Anhingas with its wings spread to dry and absorb heat. Captured at the Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland.
Fuji XH1 100-400mm lens. #anhingas #wildlife #floridawildlife #circlebbarreserve
  • ‘You can observe a lot by watching’. Yogi Berra

    A resting Anhingas with its wings spread to dry and absorb heat. Captured at the Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland.
    Fuji XH1 100-400mm lens. #anhingas #wildlife #floridawildlife #circlebbarreserve
  • 10 2 4 hours ago
  • If you are in the market for some beautiful pottery then take a ride over to Potter Express/Bamboo Farm in Punta Gorda Florida. They have four acres of amazing pottery and gorgeous fountains. If you get tired of walking around they will loan you a golf cart to tool around in! We had fun exploring but there was so much to choose from that we couldn't decide so we'll have to go back! #potteryexpressandbamboofarm #puntagorda #waterlogue
  • If you are in the market for some beautiful pottery then take a ride over to Potter Express/Bamboo Farm in Punta Gorda Florida. They have four acres of amazing pottery and gorgeous fountains. If you get tired of walking around they will loan you a golf cart to tool around in! We had fun exploring but there was so much to choose from that we couldn't decide so we'll have to go back! #potteryexpressandbamboofarm #puntagorda #waterlogue
  • 4 1 6 hours ago
  • Happy Squirrel Appreciation day from the Big Cypress Fox Squirrel! 🐿 ❤️
  • Happy Squirrel Appreciation day from the Big Cypress Fox Squirrel! 🐿 ❤️
  • 95 2 7 hours ago
  • Happy Turtle Tuesday 🐢💚
Please help keep Our Blue home Blue and clean for our Friends💙
  • Happy Turtle Tuesday 🐢💚
    Please help keep Our Blue home Blue and clean for our Friends💙
  • 109 1 8 hours ago
  • I don’t see these beauties very often!  Red-headed woodpecker, Gold Head Branch State Park.
  • I don’t see these beauties very often! Red-headed woodpecker, Gold Head Branch State Park.
  • 63 4 8 hours ago