Walking with the Alligators

Walking with the Alligators
A Florida Alligator

November 2, 2013

Butterflies and Birds

miamibluemichellewisnieski   schaus22   brownpelican   littleblueheron
Butterfly images:  Miami Blue – Wisnieski  FWC     Schaus Swallowtail – Dr. Emmel UF
Bird images:  SFWMD.GOV   L to R: Brown Pelican,  Great Blue Heron.

Received these in my email this morning and wanted to share them, just in case any of you are either already in the area, or might be considering making a trip to Florida soon, for one or both of these.
For those of you who do not live in the Sunshine State,  these two places and events may not be familiar to you.
Tomorrow in Gainesville is the annual Butterfly Fest at the Florida Museum of Natural History on the UF Campus.
If this is a place new to you, please do consider making the trek up/down there this weekend.
This is a family/kid friendly event that may be like nothing you will ever find elsewhere.
Loving Butterflies is a prerequisite for attending!
The event  times are from 10 AM to 5 PM on both days.
Read more about it here:
Butterfly Fest
The second upcoming Florida celebration is at the  Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge  on the SW Gulf Coast of Florida.
This pristine area is home to some of our states most endangered and treasured animals with a plethora of birdlife to enjoy and photograph, which may be why millions have made this the one of the most visited wild life areas in America and a trip here will probably be one never to be forgotten.
This is what the  ” real “  Florida was like before Humans came with their concrete, condos and highways.
The refuge is in one of our most vital ecosystems and those of us who love wildlife and wild things,  are desperate to keep it just as it is.
The glorious celebration of ” Ding”  Darling Days will be next weekend,  October 20-26:
“Ding” Darling Days
Hope you can come, if you do, please feel free to comment on this page afterwards, so that others might know too~
Keep Florida Wildlife Wild  and Alive~
Want more:  http://www.gator-woman.com

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