Wild Florida Photo is a photographic collection of flora and fauna that occurs in Florida. Unless otherwise noted, all photography is by Paul Rebmann, an amateur naturalist. Although great care is taken to correctly identify the various species, errors may occur. I am not a scientist - note the word amateur above.
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Florida Action Alert!

There is still time to free the Ocklawaha River!
Call, write or e-mail Gov. Jeb Bush (contact info below) and ask him to veto the George Kirkpatrick State Reserve (dam preservation bill).
As of Tuesday May 20, this anti-restoration bill that was passed by the Florida legislature had not been delivered to the Governor's office.
Gov. Bush has 15 days from the date of delivery of the bill to decide whether to veto this legislation. Please write or email the governor immediately and urge him to maintain his support for restoration of the Ocklawaha and veto this bill. The governor has been an ally in the fight to restore this valuable river in the past. He needs thanks and encouragement from the public to veto this bill.
For background information on this issue go to Florida Defenders of the Environment
The Honorable Jeb Bush, Governor
Executive Office of the Governor
Plaza Level, The Capitol
400 S. Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0001
(850) 488-4441
2018: 15 years later, the dam stil blocks the free flow of the Ocklawaha River.
The George Kirkpatrick State Reserve was not created, but efforts to remove the dam are still stalled, despite periodic glimmers of hope. Note the link to the Florida Defenders of the Environment Ocklawaha River page has been updated. Check it out.
Tracks left on Atlantic Ocean beach by a loggerhead
turtle coming ashore to nest.
Find the single human footprint for scale.


Deeringothamnus rugelii is also known as YELLOW SQUIRREL-BANANA from the small fruits that it produces. This little plant is typically a solitary stem less than a foot tall, although they can reach almost 18" and grow in clumps. RUGEL'S PAWPAW is endemic to Florida and Volusia County where the population soared from an estimated 200 plants to around 2000 individuals after the massive wildfires of 1998. Increased flowering was also noted after the wildfires, natural occurrences in Florida that benefit many plant and animal species. Reports of this rare plant in neighboring counties are apparently incorrect.
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