Range Tracking

No Bones About It

Today I attended the Southeast Florida Scrub Ecosystem Working Group meeting consisting of a field trip in the morning to the Indrio Savannahs to view the different types of land management going on there before packing up and going to the Oxbow Eco-Center for an afternoon of talks on scrub land management in St. Lucie County. I am attending the Working Group meetings to gain more awareness of the Florida scrub as I work on putting together my Florida Scrub-Jay program.
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Very hot walking around the Indrio Savannahs in the sun. What shade there was did not help much.
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Scrub habitat at the Indrio Savannahs. The area supports at least three Florida Scrub-Jay families.
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At Oxbow Eco-Center, an exhibit of different types of animal bones and skeletons—including a human one–just in time for Halloween. This is a Bald Eagle skull. Note the giant beak for tearing apart its prey and the large, round ocular cavity that gives some idea why this raptor has such keen eyesight.
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Looking down the business end of the Bald Eagle skull.
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The deer skull seems a bit malevolent for such a gentle animal.
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A Pigeon skeleton. Note the large sternum hanging down like a fin to which the flight muscles connect that power the bird in flight.

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