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.
Photos from the FMEL-ORCA conservation stewardship class walk through the overgrown South ORCA scrub on Saturday afternoon, 7 February 2015. I did not hold out much hope of seeing birds, which kept the class focus on the plants, but was happily surprised to see this Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus [Coragyps, “raven vulture” in Greek; stratus, dressed for mourning]) perched atop a dead tree trunk. Note the gaping hole in the trunk, most likely caused by a Woodpecker cavity rotting out. […]
Categories: Nature • Tags: Bald Eagle, Black Vulture, Cathartes aura, Coragyps atratus, Florida, Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, FMEL, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, Indian River County, Indian River Lagoon, ORCA, Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area, Oslo Road, South ORCA, Turkey Vulture
Took a walk with Janice Broda, of the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA) blog, this morning through part of the South ORCA scrub in Indian River County, Florida. Two things were immediately evident: 1. the wildflowers are in glorious bloom along the trail due to all the rain we have been having lately 2. the Sun beating down into the scrub is like a blast furnace, especially when there is little or no wind and no shade Additionally, there were […]
Categories: Nature • Tags: Chamaecrista fasciculata, Florida, Florida Native Plant Society, Florida Scrub-Jay, FNPS, Indian River County, Mimosa strigillosa, Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area, Partridge Pea, Pityopsis graminifolia, Powderpuff Mimosa, Silkgrass, South ORCA, Sunshine Mimosa, wildflowers