The Carnivorous Plant FAQ Field Trip Report -

Florida Panhandle in 2008

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Liquor and smoking
The trip starts with me driving in Osceola National Forest in a cheap rental car, with about $250 of beer, wine, and other liquor in my trunk.

You see, I was in Florida to participate in a multi-day scientific meeting with many peers, and I was responsible for buying the alcoholic beverages. I drove carefully, as I envisioned the complicated conversations that would result if I were stopped by Floridian police and they looked in my trunk.

The white bands on the trees indicate nesting sites for red-cockaded woodpeckers (Picoides borealis), a Federally Endangered bird that the US Fish and Wildlife Service estimates has been reduced to about 1% of its original range.

I saw a few fire crew in Nomex (fire-retardant) clothing walking in the smoky woods. One was a Forest Service biologist, and since the fire was nearly out and I was trained in prescribed burns, he let me wander around the burn unit.

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Revised: April 2008
©Barry Rice, 2005