Pelican Island Audubon toured Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area (Three Lakes WMA) on a rare summer field trip the morning of Saturday, June 22, 2019. Guided by a Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission biologist and her staff, the tour found there is a lot see – even in the Florida heat! Three Lakes WMA in Central Florida is a former ranch, the eponymous Three Lakes Ranch, comprising 63,000-acres that today protects one of the largest extant Florida dry prairie ecosystems. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Three Lakes WMA is “a mosaic of dry and wet prairie, ephemeral depression ponds and marshes, mesic (moist) flat woods, hammocks, and cypress ponds and sloughs. Diversity, both in plant and animal life, distinguishes Florida’s dry prairies from the vast grasslands of the Great Plains of North America and the steppes of Asia.”
Below are some of the images captured on the field trip by Richard H. Baker, Donna Halleran, and Bob Montanaro.