Florida's Adventure Coast Blog

Gopher Tortoise Fun Facts

Find these ancient, gentle munchers-of-foliage throughout Nature’s Place to Play.

A keystone species, their burrows can be shared with more than 350 other types of wildlife.  Here are some fun facts about Florida’s Gopher tortoise.

Gopher tortoises and their burrows are listed as Threatened and...

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Why Noisy Nights are Good News in Nature's Place to Play

Thanks to recent rains, our nighttime outdoor symphony has reached a crescendo. Croaks, squeaks, barks, chirps and deep snore-type sounds merge to almost earth-shaking levels.

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Plant Native For Beauty, Simplicity and Butterflies

Welcome to the Sunshine State, where everything grows! Here in Nature’s Place to Play, our subtropical climate means varied - sometimes exotic - plant life. And, with a little planting planning, they can easily beautify your world with color and life.   

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Kite Flying – Florida's Adventure Coast Style

Have you noticed these large birds gliding, soaring and swooping above Florida’s Adventure Coast? With their four-foot wingspan, bold black and white plumage and long, deeply forked tail, these beautiful raptors are a joy to watch.

These migratory birds are spring and summer sights in Florida,...

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Step into Hardwood Hammock Habitats in Nature's Place to Play

Part of Florida’s Adventure Coast is defined as a Temperate Hardwood Forest or “Hammock.” This shady habitat contains a rich diversity of trees, shrubs and wildlife. In Florida, the largest temperate hardwood communities occur near Brooksville, Gainesville and Ocala.

What is a hammock anyway?

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White Wings Against a Blue Sky: Look Up for American White Pelicans

Florida’s Adventure Coast is home to colonies of American White Pelicans. You can often spot them soaring above and gathering around area lakes and wetlands.

One of the largest birds in North America with a nine-foot wingspan, they are second in size only to the California condor.

With its...

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Look Around the Coast for Snowbirds of the Feathered Variety

Snowbirds for Snowbirds

Pleasant winter weather also attracts northerners of the feathered sort throughout Nature’s Place to Play. Thanks to our coastline, wetlands, parks and sprawling forests, migratory and resident birds find places to gather that are also enjoyable for human snowbird viewing.

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Have You Seen a Bald Eagle Today?

Look Up for the American Bald Eagle

Have you caught the flash of a white tail or feathered head as you look around Florida's Adventure Coast? As stunning as they are, for those looking, American bald eagle sightings are not rare around here.

Florida has the largest bald eagle population in the...

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