Things in Nature

Dung Beetles at Long Leaf Pine Preserve in Volusia County

Here is a video I took this week at Long Leaf Pine Preserve. We spotted some dung beetles and I couldn't resist. The kids loved checking them out. They actually roll the dung with their back legs, which is interesting. Dung beetles will either roll the dung to their home... Read more →


Recently, while visiting the Florida Natural History Museum that is at the University of Florida, we stopped by to see the bat houses that they have on campus. It's pretty neat! I'd love to be there at night to see the bats come out. They have two built and a... Read more →


This week, we were camping in the Florida Keys. While staying in Key Largo, at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, we decided to check out the Laura Quinn Wild Bird Sanctuary, which is only minutes down the road. There is no official fee to tour the wild bird sanctuary,... Read more →


Today, we were snorkeling at the very busy Gilchrest Blue Springs. As I was snorkeling near the vent, I saw a good size turtle swim up out of it and head out toward the spring run (in the direction of the river). When the turtle made his appearance among all... Read more →


For several years now I have wanted to spot a painted bunting in the wild. It's a beautiful bird, with the male having a rainbow type pattern (and the female being green). The males are gorgeous! Today, while we were at Merritt Island at the visitors center we went out... Read more →