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Backyard Safari: Little wren speaks with a big voice

November 23, 2010 

If you've ever wondered which bird sings the familiar, loud "doodalee, doodalee, doodalee" song, it is one of the most common backyard birds in Florida, the Carolina wren.  

An incredible journey: the monarch butterfly

October 20, 2010 

As summer fades into fall, the days grow shorter and the evenings turn cooler, but there is a bright spot fluttering in the air. It is the monarch butterfly in the midst of its amazing annual migration south. 

Golden silk orb-weavers are all about the silk

August 02, 2010 

Although they may look scary, golden silk spiders are not dangerous.  

Summer evening light-bearers

June 01, 2010 

A firefly's glow and flashing is how this member of the beetle family mates, defends itself and communicates it is in trouble. 

Honeybees: Nature's little helpers

May 03, 2010 

Why is spring such a special time for honeybees? It is the time of year when bees swarm to find new homes and pollinate vegetables and fruits.  

People love this helpful, pretty, little beetle

April 01, 2010 

People love to see ladybugs. They are pretty and shiny with tiny, black dots on their little, red bodies. Ladybugs are also orange, yellow and pink. 

Let's look for zebras!

March 01, 2010 

Zebra longwings are black with yellow stripes. Their wings are longer than other butterflies' wings and oval-shaped. 

Florida ducks are just ducky

February 01, 2010 

Ducks may not be waddling around in your backyard, but you can usually find many swimming and quacking in local ponds.  

Northern cardinal's color brightens winter

January 01, 2010 

Most gardens and woods look faded and empty in winter. We don't see as many animals as we do in summertime. The cold air makes animals seek warmth under leaves, logs or low-lying branches. However, one animal keeps busy and brightens nature during winter. The Northern cardinal is hard to miss flittering and flying around. He is bright red, so he stands out when perched on bare tree branches. 

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