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As Jacque mentioned in previous posts, our team has gone through lots of changes (and challenges) over the past year. I’m sorry for my long absence, but it’s been difficult for me to dig out the words I’d like to say. For now, I will simply say that I dearly miss my fellow Chicks with Ticks and think of them often and fondly.

 

photoWhat inspired me to come out of blog hiding is that I had the opportunity to visit some wonderful preservation lands the other day, and I wanted to share! I recently joined the Board of Directors of a central Florida-based land trust, called Green Horizon Land Trust. *Note: this is a volunteer position, I have not changed jobs* For those of you who don’t know what a land trust is, it’s a non-profit organization whose goal is to protect land from being developed by putting it under conservation (either fully by purchase/donation or partially by easement). The Nature Conservancy is an example of a very large, international land trust who many are probably familiar with. The land trust I’m now a part operates at a much smaller, more local scale– but it still makes a big impact!

 

photo3The preservation lands I visited were small parcels that you may never even realize are right there in your own community. They had trails winding through wetland and upland habitat types, exposing one to a wide diversity of plant species. Benches were located along the trails to provide a space to relax and observe wildlife (we saw swallow-tailed kites and gopher tortoises) and stunning vistas (lakes and the famous Bok Tower). Some even had geocaches hidden away, hoping to be discovered.

 

photo2I encourage all of you out there to not only enjoy your state and national parks, but to also enjoy smaller scale preservation lands like county nature parks and land trust holdings that may be practically in your backyard. They might just be the best places to see wild things since they aren’t on most people’s radar!

 

ps -The blackberries are ripe for picking in the Florida wilds right now!! (more on that to come)

 

 

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IMGP0868That’s right. Last week, I spent the entire work day researching swamps, bogs and seeps. Believe it or not, they are very different.

You are saying to yourself, “but Jacque, they are all muddy wet swampy places.” Sure, on cursory glance. What I have discovered after days in them and loads of research is….

THERE ISN”T ENOUGH INFORMATION OUT THERE ONE THEM….most especially seepage swamps. So, it will be a personal mission for the Chicks with Ticks to begin to uncover the SECRETS OF THE SEEPS….

It seems that these complex depressions in the landscape are home to some interesting combinations of plants and animals. Some of these are endangered here in Florida. 

But – i thought it would be fun to see what Dictionary.com had to say:

 

 

swamp

  [swomp]  Show IPA

noun

1.

a tract of wet, spongy land, often having a growth of certain types of trees and other vegetation,but unfit for cultivation.
verb (used with object)

2.

to flood or drench with water or the like.
3.

Nautical . to sink or fill (a boat) with water.
4.

to plunge or cause to sink in or as if in a swamp.
5.

to overwhelm, especially to overwhelm with an excess of something: He swamped us with work.
6.

to render helpless.
 

bog

 [bog, bawg]  Show IPA noun, verb, bogged, bog·ging.

noun

1.

wet, spongy ground with soil composed mainly of decayed vegetable matter.
2.

an area or stretch of such ground.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)

3.

to sink in or as if in a bog (often followed by down  ): We were bogged down by overwork.

Verb phrases

4.

bog in, Australian Slang. to eat heartily and ravenously.
 

seep

  [seep]  Show IPA

verb (used without object)

1.

to pass, flow, or ooze gradually through a porous substance: Water seeps through cracks in the wall.
2.

(of ideas, methods, etc.) to enter or be introduced at a slow pace: The new ideas finally seeped down to the lower echelons.
3.

to become diffused; permeate: Fog seeped through the trees, obliterating everything.
verb (used with object)

4.

to cause to seep; filter: The vodka is seeped through charcoal to purify it.
noun

5.

moisture that seeps out; seepage.
6.

a small spring, pool, or other place where liquid from the ground has oozed to the surface of the earth.
 
There ya go! Chew on that vocabulary for a while….so, sounds like the Chicks will need to do more research!!
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