Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Fisheating Creek WMA, FORT CENTER (Archaeological Site)Trail. (Safari Today)

Fisheating Creek Wildlife Management Area, Fort Center Trail is located in Glades County.
The name Fisheating Creek is derived from the Creek Thlothlopopka-hatchee meaning “the creek where fish are eaten.”
The Fort Center site consists of mounds, ponds, circular ditches, and linear embankments built over at least 2000 years. William Sears, director of the excavation and author of Fort Center: An Archeological Site in the Lake Okeechobee Basin, believes that corn pollen found in one of the three overlapping basins indicates that the Belle Glade people grew corn. If true, Fort Center would be one of the earliest, if not the earliest, example of agriculture in the pre-Columbian Eastern United States. Sears theorizes that people dug ditches to drain the soil for corn, which will not grow in wet soils, and that this practice may have spread across the Caribbean or around the Gulf from the lowlands of Mexico.(Read More)

Fort Center: An Archaeological Site in the Lake Okeechobee Basin
Willian H Sears

Photos by Juan C Aguero (juanKa)
Glades County, Fl

Thursday, May 21, 2009


A dragonfly is a type of insect belonging to the order Odonata, the suborder Epiprocta or, in the strict sense, the infraorder Anisoptera. It is characterized by large multifaceted eyes, two pairs of strong transparent wings, and an elongated body. Dragonflies are similar to damselflies, but the adults can be differentiated by the fact that the wings of most dragonflies are held away from, and perpendicular to, the body when at rest. Dragonflies are also the fastest flying insect.

Dragonflies are valuable predators that eat mosquitoes, and other small insects like flies, bees, ants, and butterflies. They are usually found around lakes, ponds, streams and wetlands because their larvae, known as "nymphs", are aquatic.

Nymphs can deliver a painful bite when threatened. The wound should be cleaned thoroughly to prevent water-borne infections.(read more)

Photo by Juan C Aguero (juanKa)
Gumbo Limbo Trail, Everglades National Park

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

(Pavo cristatus) - Wild

Peafowl, particularly the males, are one of the most colorful and strikingly marked of all birds. One of the best known features of these birds is the fan or "train" of the peacock, which is opened and displayed by the male to attract the peahen. These feathers are actually long extensions of the upper tail covers. They are supported from underneath by the much shorter tail feathers. These feathers grow to be several feet long, but are shed each year just after the breeding season. Each of these long feathers also has a design near its tip which resembles an eye. The feathers of the peacock are composed of many colors, including Crescent sheens of bright blue and green. The peahen lacks these long, showy tall feathers and although colorful, is not nearly as brilliant as the male. Both sexes also have a crest of short, erect feathers along the crown of their heads.(read more)

Photos by Juan C Aguero (juanKa)
Everglades Holiday Park


Photos by Juan C Aguero (juanKa)
Everglades National Park and Everglades Holiday Park