Wild Florida Blog

Poisonous algae and how it's affecting Florida's waters

Posted by Sam Haught on Aug 18, 2016 4:16:44 PM

On June 29, 2016, Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in Martin and St. Lucie counties due to the presence of the algae blooms in local waterways.

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Topics: Florida Everglades, Natural Florida

Why prescribed burns are necessary for Florida's ecosystem

Posted by Sam Haught on Mar 28, 2016 2:00:39 PM

If you've ever taken a ride on our ranch buggy, then you've seen one of our favorite parts of native Florida. Not the part found when touring the headwaters of the Florida Everglades on one of our airboats, but the part of Florida found on the range of a real working cattle ranch. 

Brahman cattle are something you're sure to see on the ranch, and this time of year you may see evidence of a prescribed burn, too.

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Topics: Natural Florida, Florida Wildlife

Nature Deficit Disorder: Why you need to go outside

Posted by Sam Haught on Jan 15, 2016 11:41:00 AM

We spend a lot of time in offices, classrooms and stores, where the air is conditioned and the lights are fluorescent. It can feel downright oppressive at times.

But the answer is always right there, just outside. Ahhhh, fresh air – the go-to antidote for the indoor blues.

You might have heard of nature deficit disorder, or NDD. The term was coined more than 10 years ago by author Richard Louv in his widely read book, Last Child in the Woods, and its follow-up, The Nature Principle. Nature deficit disorder isn’t an official medical diagnosis. But Louv’s work generated new interest in the idea that modern life is increasingly separating us from the natural world... and much to our peril.

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Topics: Natural Florida

Why airboat rides are an underrated activity for Central Floridians

Posted by Sam Haught on Nov 24, 2015 8:49:26 AM

Florida is a pretty fun place. Whether you've lived here a long time or you're a newer resident, you’ve probably visited the sandy beaches and seen some of the theme parks already. But take it from the Florida natives – after a while, you’ll start to look for new and different things to do. We happen to think airboat rides may be one of the most underrated activities for locals! And here's why...

It’s an experience like no other

Instead of finding yourself shoulder-to-shoulder with tourists, you’ll be surrounded by open water, with the wind whipping your hair, navigating through the Everglades. Unlike a motorboat, with an airboat, you’re able to quickly zip through the marshlands and shallow waters, making quick turns if a gator is nearby. It also allows you to get up close and personal with the animals so you can grab that perfect photo. But we don’t recommend getting too close for selfies with the gators!

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Topics: Florida Everglades, Natural Florida, Central Florida, Airboat Tours, Florida Wildlife

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