This unique habitat lies on the western side of the campus and consists of primarily scrub habitat and a restored wetland pond. Florida scrub vegetation is a rare and vanishing ecosystem and is one of the most endangered natural plant communities in the United States. Scrub habitat is extremely important to preserve, particularly in Collier County, where an estimated 97 percent of the scrub has been destroyed. This only emphasizes the importance of improving and maintaining the scrub habitat that the Conservancy owns.Scrub habitat is home to dozens of plant and animal species that occur nowhere else in the world. Rare, endangered and threatened species such as the gopher tortoise, the Florida scrub jay, Florida scrub lizard, sand skink, indigo snake, Florida mouse and endemic plants like scrub holly, garberia, silk bay and Florida rosemary all need the scrub environment to survive.As part of the conservation effort, Conservancy biologists worked to protect the tortoise habitat and horticultural volunteers participated in the removal of exotic plants and replanting of native vegetation to support the health of the preserve and its inhabitants.
Exotic removal and planting of native plants and grasses are still one of our major focuses. And in the past year, the Conservancy Science Department has collected and submitted soil samples, which will guide future native planting initiatives.
Mangrove systems are often called “nature’s nurseries” because they provide habitat and shelter for a variety of animals. They also serve as an indicator of the health of our coastal waterways.
Conservancy of Southwest Florida biologists and partner groups are working to study this invasive species to help identify population management strategies.
Conservancy scientists, in collaboration with research partners, have learned that Burmese pythons (Python bivittatus) in Southwest Florida often make use of burrows constructed by large, native wildlife.
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