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Happy Endangered Species Day! Nokuse is home to several rare and endangered species - including the beautiful Frosted Elfin butterfly. ... See MoreSee Less

Big news today from Nokuse Plantation - our butterfly expert MaryAnn Friedman found the rare Frosted Elfin (Callophrys irus) butterfly on Nokuse for the first time! This is a new record for Walton County. Maryann will continue her surveys of the area of Nokuse with their host plant Sundial Lupine for the next few weeks to look for more individuals.

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Prescribed burn 6 May 2017 at a Sandhill restoration site at the EO Wilson Biophilia Center at Nokuse Plantation. The resident Gopher Tortoises here will be happy to see all the new groundcover plant growth following this burn! ... See MoreSee Less

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It looks like fluffy white moss growing on the ground, but it's actually a type of lichen. Lichens grow as a symbiotic relationship between a fungus and a green algae. The fungus provides structural support and the algae produces food for both organisms. Sometimes called Reindeer Moss, and Reindeer (caribou) do eat some species found farther north. This is Dixie Deer Lichen (Cladonia subtenuis). This type of lichen is common in Nokuse in dry areas with little ground over vegetation. ... See MoreSee Less

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It looks like fluffy white moss growing on the ground, but it's actually a type of lichen. Lichens grow as a symbiotic relationship between a fungus and a green algae. The fungus provides structural support and the algae produces food for both organisms. Sometimes called Reindeer Moss, and Reindeer (caribou) do eat some species found farther north. This is Jester Lichen (Cladonia leporina), identified by the red apothecia (reproductive structures of the fungus). This type of lichen is common in Nokuse in dry areas with little ground over vegetation. ... See MoreSee Less

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Five-lined Skink enjoying a spring morning on Nokuse. ... See MoreSee Less

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