Tag Archives: Wildlife

A trip on gossamer wings: Fly with the butterflies

Monarch Butterfly

For the love of butterflies

Hey Florida nature lovers!

It feels like Florida lately! Forget spring fever…it feels like summer already. What is a vision of spring/summer without butterflies?!

I set out to take some photos of butterflies recently. My lens and I surrendered pretty quickly. Butterflies are so much fun to watch…and to chase…but, alas, my lens and I were too slow for those delicate and swift little creatures.

Luckily, in Gainesville, I am just minutes away from butterfly paradise.

The Florida Museum of Natural History on the University of Florida campus is home to the Butterfly Rainforest. There you can find some lovely Florida natives including my lovely Monarch as seen above, as well as other beautiful creatures from around the world.

Tree nymph web

You do have to pay admission to get in, but once inside, it really is a tiny paradise. Plants, flowers, a waterfall, birds, butterflies, and enchanted humans.

flowers in rainforest

A few butterflies sat on my shoulder for a minute. I was delighted! If you don’t want to pay to get inside…there is a lovely butterfly garden outdoors, with ideas for plants you can grow to make your own butterfly garden.

Blue phlox

“Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life. And everyone deserves a little sunshine.” – Jeffrey Glassberg

butterfly 4

Here’s hoping you share a little bit of Florida sunshine with me today! You deserve it!

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Watching out for wildlife: Caring for squirrels

Caring for injured or orphaned squirrels

squirrel on tree 2 web

Some of us living in areas with a lot of wildlife wonder what to do if we find injured or orphaned animals. There are resources and animal lovers who volunteer to help injured wildlife.

DonnDonna and one of her furry friends. a Green-Townsend is one of those animals lovers…especially squirrels.

 
 

Donna talks about her love and care of injured and orphaned squirrels:

 

You can reach the Wildlife Helpline from the Florida Wildlife Care Center Donna mentioned at 352-371-4400 or click the link for more information.