Courtesy photo Dr. Reed Bowman with a Florida scrub jay.
published: Friday, March 15, 2013
Bowman to lead walk on new nature trail
Special to the News-Sun
VENUS - Dr. Reed Bowman from Archbold Biological Station will lead a nature walk around the new Explorer's Loop of the Nature Trail at the Frances Archbold Hufty Learning Center today. Sign-in begins at 1:30 p.m. and the nature walk begins at 2 p.m.
The public is invited. This is one of a series guided walks at Archbold for spring 2013.
The Explorer's Loop is a fascinating two-third-mile trail that meanders through ancient Florida scrub habitat. One may see many species characteristic of the scrub; oaks, pines, palms, gopher tortoises and possibly a Florida Scrub-Jay, which is Bowman's specialty. The walk is on level land, but there are occasional patches of deep sand.
Hilary Swain, executive director at Archbold, is excited to have the new trails posted and open to the public. "We invite nature enthusiasts, families, or anyone who loves to learn about science, or conservation or how they can have a positive impact on the world around us. Bring your camera, binoculars, field notebooks, and be a real explorer."
Archbold Biological Station is an independent, not-for-profit research facility located on the southern-part of the Lake Wales Ridge and is an important part of the Northern Everglades. The station is dedicated to long-term ecological research, conservation, and education focused on the organisms and Florida scrub habitat of the unique Ridge. It's all part of the global effort to understand, interpret and preserve the world's natural heritage.
Archbold Biological Station is eight miles south of Lake Placid. The entrance is 1.8 miles south of State Road 70 on Old State Road 8. More information and driving instructions are at www.archbold-station.org or call 465-2571.
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