Florida's Adventure Coast Blog

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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What Will Spring in the Forest Bring?

by Joshua McAdams

Rain, key to life on our planet, is one of the most prominent features of spring’s arrival, leading to growth of three of the six living kingdoms. Fungi, Plant and Animal all exist in simple yet complex genuses that make up families. Florida’s Adventure Coast offers many...

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Florida's Adventure Coast 2017 Coastal Initiatives

by Brittany Hall-Scharf

Florida Sea Grant, joined by community and scientific organizations, businesses, middle school students and committed individuals took special care of our coast in 2017. From marine life research and protection to coastal clean-up and shoreline enhancement, these key...

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Chassahowitzka Rattlesnake Camp Road Entrance Walk-Through

In Fall 2017, the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area (WMA), managed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, debuted a new entrance and check station. South of its former location, the new entrance is across from Centralia Road. 

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Meet the Amazing Anhinga

You’ve no doubt seen their unmistakable silhouette; those outstretched wings and long, graceful neck belong to the Anhinga. Learn why this sleek American darter is also referred to as a Snake Bird.

Great swimmers and adept hunters, Anhingas spend a lot of time underwater. Seen in waterways, with...

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You Can Help Protect Manatees Along Florida's Adventure Coast

It is that time of year again! Manatee slow speed zones are in effect. It is important to abide by these speed restrictions between October 1 and April 30 each year.

Florida manatees are slow-moving marine mammals found in shallow, coastal waters and rivers. They spend large portions of their...

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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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Forests, Fire and Fall Wildflowers

Most wildflower species produce flowers during a certain season, with some species blooming in the spring, others in the summer and a few blooming year round. In central Florida, we usually have a dry spring followed by a rainy summer. Ample summer rainfall coupled with Florida’s long growing...

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