People are really dumb enough to believe that wolves are bad and should be completely killed off huh?
The Everglades Snail Kite is a hallmark of Florida wildlife. Found in central and south Florida, this magnificent bird of prey thrives in swampy, wetland habitats (Audubon Society, 2020). Unfortunately the population of this seasoned hunter has dropped at an alarming rate.
The Everglades, a vital habitat to the Snail Kite, has been significantly reduced in size due to expanding infrastructure and construction of surrounding human populations (National Park Service, 2019). Fortuitously, organizations such as the Everglades Foundation have worked tirelessly throughout the years to restore and conserve the Everglades which is home to many of Florida’s unique species. (The Everglades Foundation, 2020).
But habitat loss is not the only struggle the Everglades Snail Kite faces. Their curved beaks are adapted specifically to feed on its namesake: Florida Apple Snails, or Pomacea paludosa. While there are several species of Apple Snails currently located in Florida, Pomacea paludosa is the native species of apple snail to Florida. There is some debate over whether local populations of the Florida Apple Snail may be a separate species from Pomacea paludosa (Schad, 2018), but we will only be referring to Pomacea paludosa for the purpose of this article.
One might think that the addition of new types of apple snails to Florida would mean the expansion of food for the Everglades Snail Kite, but that does not seem to be the case. Their beaks are so specifically adapted to the smaller, curved shells of the Pomacea paludosa, that the Everglades Snail Kite cannot use its beak successfully to feed on larger species of Apple Snails that are invading Florida wetlands. This poses another problem where the larger species of invasive apple snails are outcompeting and displacing the smaller Pomacea paludosa. The Everglades Snail Kite is facing food loss in addition to habitat loss.
But all is not lost. Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, located in Fort Pierce, Florida has successfully completed research on the practice of captive breeding the Florida Apple Snail with a long-term goal of finding ways to replenish wild populations of Pomacea paludosa (Garr, Amber, Helen Posch, Margaret McQuillan, Megan Davis, 2012). These practices, if safely regulated and approved, could be used to help replenish the population of the Everglades Snail Kite by providing it with more food. Regulations and controls are needed to ensure that captive populations would not introduce new bacteria, or diseases to wild populations.
The Everglades Snail Kite is not the only endangered species in Florida, but it is a wonderful example of how—when united—people have the chance to improve many environmental problems.
Audubon Society, 2020. The Everglades Snail Kite. Audubon Florida.
Schad, Morgan. 2018. The Discovery of a Forgotten Species in an Unexpected Location: Pomaceamiamiensis in Palm Beach County. Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College.
The Everglades Foundation, 2020. About. [https://www.evergladesfoundation.org/about]
Garr, Amber. Helen Posch. Margaret McQuillan. Megan Davis. 2012. Development of a captive breeding program for the Florida apple snail, Pomacea paludosa: Relaxation and sex ratio recommendations.
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National Park Service. 2019. Restoration of Everglades National Park. U.S. Department of the Interior.
South Florida Natural Resources Center. Everglades National Park.
Someone tell me why this knife fragment I’m working on (from a local Anglo-Saxon burial site) looks like a chicken strip and why do I want to eat it
A while back our guides were exited as they found a Death Head hawk moth caterpillar, just as South-Africa went into Lockdown, needless to say they decided to keep it to see it change.
The transformation from Caterpillar to Moth is truly amazing, and a perfect example of how complex our planet and the creatures we share it with is.
The Deathshead-hawkmoth (Acherontia atropos) is the largest moth to be recorded in the British Isles, not a resedint species but it has strong migratory instincts, and migrates to the British Isles annually from Southern Europe and Africa.
(This one was found as far South as South-Africa.)
Being able to see the transformation, from this beautifully colored Caterpillar 🐛 , recorded to reach 12.5 cm ( 4.9 inches)
The moth having a wingspan of up to 15cm (5.9 inces) with a pattern that resembles the skull of a human on its thorax.
This was sure one of our highlights during our time at home during the Covid-19 Lockdown.
!!!! Our not so little moth friend was released to be free to travel the world as we all wait to travel once more !!!!
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Primero que nada me presento, mi nombre es Vanessa Alejandra Pérez Díaz, soy de Mérida, Yucatán, México y actualmente soy pasante de la licenciatura en biología que imparte el Instituto Tecnológico de Conkal. La línea de investigación de mi interés es la de ecología y conservación de grandes carnívoros. Mis carnívoros favoritos son los felinos en especial el puma.
El objetivo de este “blog“ es divulgar información sobre la ecología y conservación de estas y otras especies, sobre todo las especies que habitan en mi país, México; aunque de vez en cuando publicaré de otras especies que se encuentren en otros países.
Espero este pequeño “blog“ pueda crecer y llegar a mucha gente para que pueda educarse y aprender más sobre la biodiversidad que hay en México y en otros países y para que sepan lo linda que es a biología.
Amo la biología y los grandes carnívoros me encantan, aprender e investigar sobre ellos es lo que más me ha fascinado de todo.
Espero que las demás personas pueden conectarse en algún momento de sus vidas con la naturaleza, porque soy 100% creyente de aquella frase “No se puede amar lo que no se conoce y menos resperarlo“.
Siempre he creído que nosotros los humanos apestamos como especie y
que si no logramos cambiar y reeducarnos, cuando queramos actuar para
solucionar el enorme problema será demasiado tarde.
p.d. la imagen fue tomada de internet.
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