Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge

This refuge is in Southwest Florida at the corner of I-75 (Alligator Alley) and 29 in Big Cypress Basin, about 20 miles east of Naples. There are wildlife crossings beneath the adjacent highways allowing animals to access the refuge. When you pull in there’s a small parking lot and a gate. Go through the gate…

Melbourne Beach, FL

The Tour de Turtles Marathon Kickoff took place July 2013 at the Archie Carr Wildlife Refuge in Melbourne Beach. Two loggerhead sea turtles were being released with transmitters for the “marathon”, which is actually a series of sea turtle releases with GPS around the Caribbean. The two turtles were Ripley (325 lbs) and Johnny (slightly…

Crystal River, FL

In March 2013 my friend Carrie and I went to Crystal River to swim with manatees. There are manatees all over Florida but this is a particularly good area to see and swim with them because there are a shit ton that migrate there in the winter months. In Crystal River there are a bunch…