Florida In Focus

We hope these video blogs help inform you on Florida’s unique plants and animals and how your donations protect the land, water and wildlife that make Florida an exceptional place to live. Together we will protect wild places forever.

Reticulated Pawpaw

In our very first 'Florida in Focus' video, staff biologist and land steward, Lee Amos, told us all about the Beautiful Pawpaw. In this week's video, Lee shares his knowledge on the the Reticulated Pawpaw and the role it plays in feeding local wildlife. Check it out!

Longleaf Pine Update

In this week's 'Florida in Focus' video, biologist and land steward, Lee Amos, shares an update on the progress of longleaf pine previously planted by Conservation Foundation staff and volunteers at Pine Island Preserve. Check it out to learn about the early stages of this tree and how they protect themselves from fires during this phase!

Venice Urban Forest

In this week's 'Florida in Focus' video, land steward and biologist Lee Amos is joined by Greg Vine of Venice Area Beautification, Inc. Together they give a behind the scenes look at the planting of slash pines as part of the Venice Urban Forest. Conservation Foundation is excited to be part of this multi-year project that promises to be a beautiful thing for the city of Venice!

Lightning Struck Trees

Even on his days off, Conservation Foundation land steward and biologist, Lee Amos, is out having fun in the field! In this week's 'Florida in Focus' video, Lee shows us the effects a lightning strike can have on trees.

Florida Grasslands

Did you know Florida has grasslands? In this week's 'Florida in Focus' video, biologist and land steward, Lee Amos, is out at Siesta Key Preserve to teach us about Florida grasslands and a few of the creatures who call them home!

Mesic Hammocks

In this week's 'Florida in Focus', biologist and land steward, Lee Amos, tells us all about mesic hammocks and their common components.

Longleaf Pine Cones: Part 2

In last week's 'Florida in Focus' video, biologist and land steward, Lee Amos, showed you how we harvest longleaf pine cones in an effort to restore the longleaf pine population on pine island. This week, Lee is joined by Conservation Foundation park manager, Ariel Sasloe, to show you how the pine cones are dried to harvest the seeds for sowing. Check it out!

Longleaf Pine Cones: Part 1

Land steward and biologist, Lee Amos, was recently joined by Ed Chapin of the Calusa Land Trust out on Pine Island. Together they harvested longleaf pine cones in an effort to restore the longleaf pine population on the island. Learn more in this week's installment of 'Florida in Focus' and be sure to let us know what you think!

Fall Colors

Don't think Florida has noticeable seasons? Staff biologist and land steward, Lee Amos, disagrees! Check out why in this week's installment of 'Florida in Focus' and then get outside to see for yourself!

Tatum Sawgrass Marsh Shore Birds

Biologist and land steward, Lee Amos, is back in Florida this week where he took a trip to the beautiful Tatum Sawgrass Marsh. Check out the video below for a quick look at some of the local wildlife benefiting from the dry weather we've been having lately!

Special Edition - Fallingwater

You may have noticed that there wasn't a 'Florida in Focus' video last week. That's because land steward and biologist, Lee Amos, was visiting Pittsburgh, PA for the Land Trust Alliance annual convention! He didn't forget about us though... check out this week's special edition from Lee's trip where we get a quick glimpse at Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater!

Creating a Ditch Block

Remember a few weeks ago when land steward and biologist, Lee Amos, taught us about hydroblasting? In this week's 'Florida in Focus,' Lee shows us how the process is used to help restore native wetland habitat by creating ditch blocks. Check it out!

Tatum Sawgrass Marsh

Check out this week's 'Florida in Focus' for a quick look at the Tatum Sawgrass Marsh with Conservation Foundation land steward and biologist, Lee Amos.

Exotic Apple Snail

For this week's 'Florida in Focus', biologist and land steward Lee Amos visited the wild and scenic Myakka River where he spotted the exotic apple snail. Check out the video to learn how you can do your part to help curb the spread of this non-native species!

Firebush

Are hummingbirds and butterflies something you wish your yard had more of? If so, environmental programs coordinator, Sabrina Cummings, has the perfect plant for the job! Learn everything you need to know about firebush in this week's installment of 'Florida in Focus'!

Imperial Moth Caterpillar

This week's 'Florida in Focus' features an extra special creepy crawler! Perhaps you've seen one inching around your yard? Check out this video to learn more about the Imperial Moth Caterpillar from land steward and biologist, Lee Amos.

Salt Pans

Chances are you've never heard of a salt pan. Good thing biologist and land steward, Lee Amos, is here to tell you all about these rare habitats in this week's installment of Florida in Focus!

Wire Grass

In this week's installment of 'Florida in Focus,' Conservation Foundation land steward and biologist, Lee Amos, is back on Pine Island where we are working to restore a cattle pasture back to native grassland. Check out the video to learn how this works and the role plants such as wire grass play in the restoration process.

Hydroblasting

Have you ever heard of hydroblasting? In this week's installment of 'Florida in Focus,' biologist and land steward, Lee Amos, explains what it is and how it's used in land restoration.

Butterfly Weed

Looking for a way to help monarch butterflies thrive? Biologist and land steward, Lee Amos, has the perfect plant for the job in this week's installment of 'Florida in Focus'.

Sea Turtles

It's sea turtle hatching season and Conservation Foundation land steward and biologist, Lee Amos, has a few helpful tips to make sure our hatchling friends make it safely to the water and NOT into streets and parking lots. Watch until the end for a quick look at a sea turtle nest post-hatching!

Wild Cucumber

This week land steward and biologist, Lee Amos, took a trip to Manasota Scrub Preserve where he enjoyed a quick and unusual snack! Learn all about the wild cucumber in our newest installment of 'Florida in Focus'.

Gopher Tortoise

Did you know that more than 350 types of animals use a gopher tortoise burrow as their home too? Not all at the same time of course! Learn more about this protected species from land steward and biologist, Lee Amos, in this week's installment of 'Florida in Focus'.

Black Racer

SNAKE! How many times have you been outside and seen a long black snake slither across your path? In this week's installment of 'Florida in Focus', biologist and land steward, Lee Amos, tells us not to be afraid of this common sight

Florida Butterfly Orchid

How often do you notice flowers growing on trees in Florida? CFGC's land steward and biologist, Lee Amos, introduces us to the Florida Butterfly Orchid in this week's "Florida in Focus."

Invasive Air Potato

Have you ever wondered what those vines popping up all over your yard are? In this week's installment of 'Florida in Focus', environmental programs coordinator, Sabrina Cummings, explains just what they are and why we don't like them!

Beautiful Pawpaw

Conservation Foundation has been working with Bok Tower Gardens to study a rare and endangered plant, the Beautiful Pawpaw (Asimina pulchella). Learn more in the first video of our new series 'Florida in Focus' featuring CFGC land steward and biologist, Lee Amos, and naturalist, Mike Ball!

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