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The Forgotten Coast
Sarasota - New College



 
Please join us on Thursday, August 11th at 7 p.m. for a special screening of The Forgotten Coast at New College of Florida in Sarasota! After the film, stick around for a panel discussion and Q&A session with Executive Director Lindsay Cross, Debi Osborne, the Director of Land Protection from the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, and Sandra Gilchrist, Professor of Biology at New College and Director of Pritzker Marine Biology Research Center.

Tickets are going fast, so get yours today! If you're unable to join us, please consider making a donation to the Florida  Wildlife Corridor, which goes directly toward our ongoing outreach efforts to connect, protect and restore the Corridor. 
Upcoming Events

Aug 11th - 7pm:
The Forgotten Coast
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New College of Florida  
Sarasota, FL



Sept. 1st - 6pm:
The Forgotten Coast
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Florida Gulf Coast University

Fort Myers, FL


Sept 10th 
Florida Wildlife Festival
Umatilla, FL

Partner Progress

 


Archbold Biological Station lies within the headwaters of the Everglades in south central Florida – a region at the heart of the Florida Wildlife Corridor.  The Station’s research has created real conservation solutions across diverse ecosystems ranging from the pristine, ancient sand dunes of the Lake Wales Ridge--home to plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth--to the waters, wetlands, and wildlife of the vast open ranchlands lying within the watershed.

One particular wildlife species studied closely at Archbold, the Gopher Tortoise, recently received the spotlight in the Highlands Today. Graduate Student and researcher Nicole White has been studying these threatened reptiles at Archbold for several years and her current research is looking at three aspects of this species ecology: “…The first is the social mating system of the tortoises (that is, who is mating with whom and how often?) The second is a look at female-female aggression (it seems the Archbold lady tortoises tend to fight amongst each other while in other habitats they don’t). The third is what White called ‘reproductive ecology,’ which includes looking at genomes of tortoises and offspring to determine who sired whom — a gopher tortoise paternity (and maternity) test.”
The Archbold Gopher Tortoise program began in 1967, and since then, 1,310 tortoises have been marked, although with a lifespan of about 60 years, not all of them are still in the population (White has between 70 and 100 tortoises in her study). Archbold is an ideal place for White to study the tortoise because it has a much denser population of the reptile than other areas.
Photo credit: Highlands Today/CHRISTY SWIFT

You can learn more about White’s research by reading the full article in Highlands Today. We’d also encourage you to visit archbold-station.org to learn more about Archbold’s habitat conservation efforts and to plan a trip to visit the Station!
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