More Panthers and Prairies

Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, Collier County

marl prairie

Wind your way along the long trail and you'll come to this view of the same wet prairie we were at moments ago. So what is a wet prairie? It's a place dominated by grasses and sedges, wet enough to prevent slash pines from gaining a foothold and overtaking the scene but also dry enough during the year to keep cypress from invading. Sort of a Goldilocks habitat if you will. Look closely in places and you'll see power lines along I75. In summer and fall, places along the way that are slightly higher in elevation so they're not quite as wet are alive with wildflowers, particularly those that like moist soils. Still no panthers, however. NEXT PHOTO.


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