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How leaves shaped the world

Leaves are the solar-powered food factories of the world. Beautiful, compact, and complex, without them the world would be a very different place indeed.

Storm over the Gulf of Mexico

Sea turtle nesting: Ways you can help

How often, alone, do we expose ourselves to the midnight hour? To the boundary of civilized and savage? A ribbon of sand between the tame and turbulent, the known and…

Mangroves at sunset

A Mangrove Misunderstanding: Silent Guardians of the Coast

Read just about anything on mangrove forests and you’ll quickly learn how incredibly important these ecosystems are to all forms of life around them. However, it’s precisely the way they deliver this litany of benefits that can make them such a nightmare to walk through. These forests are the ultimate test to your depth of field, troubling even the most nimble of us, and oftentimes, while I myself stumble about; I entertain visions of James Bond attempting a “high speed” chase through here.

Team member on the beach with a large female nesting sea turtle

40 years of sea turtle research

As we approach the 40th Year of the Conservancy’s sea turtle program, it is fitting to look back and reflect on its humble beginnings. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s Sea…

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Mourning Dove and Eastern Bluebird Found in Diet of the Non-native Cane Toad

Written and researched by Schuman, M.J., S.L. Snyder, C.H. Smoak, and C.J. Dove. Published in Southeastern Naturalist 2021. Copyright: The publisher, Eagle Hill Institute reserves the copyright to all its…

Cuban Treefrog

Tentative Times for Treefrogs

By Melinda Schuman | Biologist Humans have undoubtedly had an impact on the land in Florida. Occasionally the history of an area and how humans have interacted with it gets…

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A diet of glass for Kemp’s ridleys

By Dr. Jeff Schmid | Conservancy Environmental Research Manager Some marine turtles have a “diet of glass”, but this is not the eating disorder of hyalophagia or a circus sideshow…


Invasion of the Atomic Sunfish

By Conservancy Research Manager, Dr. Jeff Schmid The atomic sunfish has invaded our coasts! Not in the sense of a nuclear disaster followed by a monstrous creature emerging from the…

Capture Conservancy Of Southwest Florida Wildlife Biologists Ian Bartoszek Ian Easterling And Volunteer With A 110 Pound Female Burmese Python Located With A Scout Snake On 26DEC19

Help us battle invasive species in Southwest Florida

Invasive species are a top-tier environmental issue here in Southwest Florida. Burmese pythons are eating their way through the wildlife in the Greater Everglades Ecosystem; cane toads outcompete their native…