Category: Nature & Outdoor

Carr Lake Paddling Trip Plant Guide

We had a great group of participants at the May 14th guided paddling trip on Carr Lake.  If you would like to learn more about the aquatic plants we found on the tour, please use the following link to download a short guide provided by our tour leader Nia Wellendorf.  The Tallahassee Democrat also printed an […]

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Red Hills WFSU

Roaming the Red Hills Complete Video by WFSU-TV

Over the course of ten adventures, we explore the Red Hills of south Georgia and north Florida. It’s a region shaped by a rich ecology, starting with a large, privately owned longleaf forest, maintained through fire for the purpose of quail hunting, but beneficial to many species. From there we head down to the Red […]

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Red Hills bike ride by Betsy Barfield

Roaming the Red Hills on WFSU-TV

Roaming the Red Hills | Longleaf, Lakes, Fire, & Food Heres is a quick preview of our upcoming series, Roaming the Red Hills. The segments will air in three installments on WFSU-TV’s Local Routes, starting on Thursday, March 31 at 7:30 pm ET.  Meanwhile, here on the Ecology Blog we’ll take our usual deeper look […]

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Winter morning hike at Miccosukee Greenway by Georgia Ackerman

Miccosukee Greenway offers daily dose of Vitamin N

by Georgia Ackerman, published in Tallahassee Democrat 1/4/16 A daily dose of vitamin N is good for the body and mind. Embracing nature and the great outdoors offers numerous positive physical and mental health benefits, especially during the potentially hectic holiday season. Ample health research backs up the claim that a walk in the woods […]

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hiker on Aucilla Sinks trail by Karly Zelznak

Enjoy that sinking feeling along Aucilla Sinks

by Doug Alderson.  Published in Tallahassee Democrat 1/14/16 The 19th century young adult novelist Kirk Munroe certainly knew about the mysterious Aucilla Sinks when he wrote “Wakulla” in 1885. He accurately described the unique area where the Aucilla River dips underground for several miles and emerges for short stretches in a series of dark sinks […]

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butterfly by Sally Jue

Butterfly Watching and Research in the Red Hills

 Rob Diaz de Villegas WFSU-TV Monarchs are cool, but they’re the only butterflies we see in this area that aren’t 100% local.  Click here and trek through a couple of different habitat types and get a hint of the diversity of butterflies we have here in the Red Hills of Florida and Georgia.  Scroll down […]

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cyclists checking off-road route in St. Marks Wildlife Refuge near Sopchoppy

Stroll or ride on Capital City to the Sea Trails

by Doug Alderson. Published in Tallahassee Democrat 11/5/15 The only problem with the GF & A Trail, often called the Gopher, Frog and Alligator Trail through the Apalachicola National Forest, is that it is too short. Largely following the abandoned bed of the Georgia, Florida and Alabama (GF&A) Railroad, the paved trail winds through scenic […]

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Rick Zelznak at Lake Talquin State Forest near Talquin dam

Bikes & boats: a two part Ochlockonee adventure

by Georgia Ackerman, published in Tallahassee Democrat 10/1/15 I loaded the bikes onto our camper van and told my spouse that I was whisking him away on a “spontaneous fish camp staycation.” He grinned quizzically, and asked if we were also taking the kayaks and “should we invite some friends?” “Of course,” I responded. The […]

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Florida Memory project archives

Working dogs of Red hills helped on farms, hunts

by Natasha Hartsfield, published September 3, 2015, Tallahassee Democrat For centuries people have known that dogs possess heightened senses that exceed human ability. Dogs have been used to herd, hunt, track, rescue, assist, guide and comfort, in addition to serving as officers of the law and as soldiers in times of war. Historically, people in […]

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