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It’s National Wildlife Week: March 17-23

It’s National Wildlife Week!

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Marsh Rabbit Baby, Florida Wetlands

The ridiculously adorable marsh rabbit baby in the Florida wetlands — or as I call them, swamp bunnies

Founded by the National Wildlife Federation, National Wildlife Week is the organization’s “longest-running education program designed around teaching and connecting kids to the awesome wonders of wildlife.” The theme of 2014 — Wildlife and Water — is an effort to “provide fun and informative educational materials, curriculum and activities for educators and caregivers to use with kids.”

Sunning Alligator, Florida Everglades

A cuddly and lazy sunning alligator in the northern section of the Florida Everglades

Living on the edge / vestiges of the magnificent Everglades, the theme of Wildlife and Water is perfection. From the marshes and swamps, to the ‘glades, to the lakes and rivers and open ocean, the opportunities to explore the wonders and beauties of our unique wildlife are endless in South Florida.

Great Egret, Everglades, Florida

A regal great egret rests against the setting sun in the waters of the northern Florida Everglades

Visit their site to learn more, spread the word, and further the conservation efforts of these wonders.

50 Comments Post a comment
  1. Reblogged this on Spirit In Action and commented:
    Thank you for posting this. I did not know it was wildlife week. To my readers, if you haven’t seen Serenity Spell click thru on this because you will fall in love with Florida if you haven’t already. If you are suffering the endless winter up north this will brighten your day!

    March 19, 2014
    • Again… THANK you so very much!! :)

      April 25, 2014
  2. What a great week and pictures! :)

    March 19, 2014
    • Thank you so very much! It really is wonderful that they set aside this week to honor our critters. :)

      April 21, 2014
  3. Pat #

    Lovely — thanks for sharing and keeping us informed. :-)

    March 19, 2014
    • Thank you so much — and I’m so glad to share this wonderful event! :)

      April 21, 2014
      • Pat #

        You’re welcome, Christina. I hope it was a success! :-)

        April 22, 2014
  4. Beautiful, as always. Thanks.

    March 19, 2014
    • Thank you so very much for your kind words!

      April 21, 2014
  5. jimbey #

    I *know* that gator guy! He has an eagle’s eye!

    March 19, 2014
    • Heee, you know them ALL! I’m so very sorry I’ve been out of touch… I’ve been traveling b/w here and GA, believe it or not. :) How are things with you!?! Have you been good with hiking?!

      April 25, 2014
      • jimbey #

        I eat; I breathe; I hike – all else in life are but accessories. :) I’ve been spending a lot of time on the Florida Trail, between Corbett and Dickinson. I understand you’ve been enjoying the wildlife in Atlanta (good on ya, girl!). I still get out to the Apoxee and the SWA to see my gators, though. And speaking for all us hikers, I salute you and your fellow bloggers for all you do to help preserve my “playgrounds”. Your efforts really do make a difference.

        April 25, 2014
  6. Beautiful photography.

    March 19, 2014
    • Thanks so very much! It’s easy to capture such beauty when you’re surrounded by it at every turn. :)

      April 22, 2014
  7. Love your post ! … You are a great ambassador for the wildlife of Florida ! … // Maria :)

    March 19, 2014
    • You’re so very kind — THANK you for your kind words, as always!! I hope you’re well… I need to play catch-up, AGAIN, hee! :)

      April 22, 2014
  8. A good week with great opportunities. I especially liked the gator shot.

    March 20, 2014
    • Thanks so much — it really is wonderful that they’ve set aside such a week to honor our wildlife. ANY gator shot is a favorite of mine as well, heh! :)

      April 22, 2014
  9. Marsh rabbit baby – Squee!

    March 20, 2014
    • Heeeeee!!! Absolute *squeeeee*! :)

      April 22, 2014
  10. Beautiful post. I love the adjective CUDDLY for the alligator!! Just the thought of cuddling next to the alligator gives me a warm a fuzzy feeling !!!

    March 20, 2014
    • Hahahha! They DO cuddle, though — it’s quite a sight. Gentle giants! Of course, it’s always wise to know your subjects while hiking, eh?

      Thanks so very much… :)

      April 22, 2014
  11. Paula Warren #

    Thanks! — These are great pictures!

    Geo. and Paula Warren

    Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:46:14 +0000 To: paulafrenchlover@hotmail.com

    March 20, 2014
  12. Swamp bunny…..wonderful. Your photos are always so intimate with the animals. Thank you.

    March 20, 2014
    • Thanks so very much — that’s a kind thing to say (and very meaningful to me!). I feel much at home when I’m out there, and with them… So I’m thrilled that it comes across as such, in the images. :)

      April 25, 2014
  13. Thank you…this wasn’t on my list

    March 20, 2014
    • Absolutely! I try to make note on my calendar of these events — I’m just glad our country has them; many don’t!

      April 25, 2014
  14. I had always thought that rabbits were so quick on their feet because some sort of sixth sense told them that so many animals find them Delicious. Now I believe that that sense also tells them that EVERYBODY wants to chase them just to give them a you’re-too-cute-for-your-own-good hug.

    Speaking of cute: toothy gators!

    Boyfriend and I saw a Great Western Egret at the beach a few weeks ago. We were ridiculously excited.

    March 20, 2014
    • Hahahah! Oh, thanks so much for your always witty remark. You gave me a much needed laugh at the end of this week!

      Our swamp bunnies are ridiculously adorable. It’s absolutely insane. I squeal when I see them — literally. I suddenly turn into a 6-yr-old child.

      I would love to see you two be as ridiculously excited as I usually get over such sightings / events. It honestly doesn’t take MUCH with me. This week, it was a cardinal. Truly. :)

      April 25, 2014
  15. Thank God I’ll be driving around Florida this coming week. Can’t wait to see spring over there!

    March 20, 2014
    • I’m so late in getting to my replies, hahaha! But at least I got to see your wonderful images of FLA in your own blog, hee…. :)

      April 25, 2014
  16. I shall go outside in the morning and tell the deer and squirrels and turkey and jays that it is their week! –Curt

    March 21, 2014
    • Hahahah! I’m so sorry I’m running late on my reply… But this still made me giggle. I’m picturing you both whispering to all your wonderful PNW critters, now. :)

      April 25, 2014
  17. A nice pictures! We should have a wildlife week in Sweden too, its a great idea!

    March 21, 2014
    • Your blog and conservation efforts are exemplary — a Wildlife Week could be something for you to begin in all your spare time, hahah! :)

      April 21, 2014
  18. Happy Wildlife Week to everyone! And, I love your photos, as always!

    March 21, 2014
    • Ah, thanks so very much! I’m so sorry I’m running incredibly late on my response… It’s been a bit nutty. :)

      April 25, 2014
  19. That bunny is so cute. I bet he’s preparing for egg delivery. <3

    March 23, 2014
    • Isn’t he the sweetest guy ever? Our swamp bunnies are the most unusual little bunnies, crawling through the marshes and swamps… I bet you have them as well, actually!

      April 21, 2014
  20. I enjoyed the photos. That swamp bunny is adorable.

    March 23, 2014
    • Thanks so very much (and I’m incredibly sorry for this tardy reply!)… He’s one of my favorites. I didn’t see many this year in the traditional spots, which had me a bit worried — but I know they usually do well.

      April 21, 2014
  21. You’re back to blogging a little – hurray! Lovely shots – that egret is fabulous.

    March 29, 2014
    • Aw, you’re so kind! THANK you! As you can see by my tardy reply to your sweet message, I’m running behind once again…. I vow to resume; things have been hectic, but this is my sane place! :)

      April 21, 2014
  22. CC, Your pictures show the world the tremendous beauty that this state has to offer.
    We who live here, are all indebted to you for this!!!!

    April 19, 2014
    • As always, you’re SO INCREDIBLY kind… THANK you. You give me inspiration to get my heinie moving again, hee!!

      When we’re surrounded with such unique, astounding beauty, it’s not difficult to capture. Thank YOU for speaking up, always, for these amazing creatures. XO!

      April 21, 2014
  23. We shall remain a mutual admiration society~
    Working in unison to protect this place that we love and call home~

    April 22, 2014
    • You’re so incredibly kind, ALWAYS!!!

      XOXO a million times over….

      April 25, 2014
  24. I’ve missed too many posts, been trying to write poetry! Your pictures are a kind of poetry :) Aren’t alligators amazing? And that rabbit…looks mighty similar to our furry friends.

    April 22, 2014
    • Heh heh!! I too, have been trying desperately to keep up with the amazing posts out there, while neglecting my own.

      Our swamp bunnies (OK, technically marsh rabbits) are just insanely adorable. As a friend replied: *Squeeeeeal!* :)

      April 25, 2014

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