Have been seeing a lot of rabbits lately during early morning hikes around the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA). All the rabbits seen so far are Eastern Cottontails. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) provides some facts about the Eastern Cottontail: Appearance: The cottontail is grayish-brown with a distinctive white “powder puff” tail. It measures 14 to 17 inches in length and weighs two to four pounds. Habitat: The cottontail rabbit prefers heavy brush, strips of forest, weed […]
Not looking obviously comfortable but it must be to this Eastern Gray Squirrel who found a spot to relax using the perch on the large bird house outside of Audubon House at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA). It probably helps that he is near two large bird feeders in which the messy birds are always dropping seeds from much to the squirrel’s benefit.
A panorama of a fork in the trails taken early Sunday morning during a photographic insect survey of the South Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA). The heat and humidity on the trail ended the photo survey well before noon.
An invasive and, in this case, exotic looking juvenile Cuban Treefrog seems to have found a comfortable home at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA). The ancestors of these little guys made their way from the Caribbean and ended up in Florida in the 1920s, most likely unintentionally in trade goods. Expert at outcompeting our Florida frogs, their varied coloration can make them look similar to some of our native Florida species.
A rather formidable looking but harmless spider, Leucauge argyra, has taken up residence in the Audubon House vegetable garden, a demonstration garden of the square-foot gardening technique. This spider is welcomed in most gardens since the species eats mainly insects harmful to plants and people, especially mosquitoes, which makes for the best natural pest control. Leucauge argyra is noted for being colonial with others of its species building nests nearby. This one particular individual appears to be alone at the […]