This weekend at Billie Swamp Safari, Big Cypress Reservation, they are having an arbor day celebration, with vendors of native plants. If I wasn't already committed to be up at Crystal River with a student studying to be an archaeologist, I would be at the Rez instead. (My Mom was with the archaeologists who studied Crystal River mounds with the Bullen's back in the late 60s / early 70s.)
I visited out there last Tuesday when National Geographic was filming. They were moving a big gator; about 13 ft. looked to me, to the pen below the swamp buggy loading dock. A veterinarian removed an abscess on the gator tail caused when someone took a shot at it in the past. Here are a few photos of the gator being moved into the pen.
While I was there, I also went to check up on the the Seminole War exhibit in the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum, "Tools of War." A few interesting thing below.
This is a militia backpack. I should have written down which unit, but will let you all know when I can get a copy of the catalog.
With this summer canvas uniform, is an 1821 bell crown headgear. This is a pretty rare piece to be in a collection.
This beautiful leather Seminole coat has a calico lining sewn in it, and pockets too!
I really like this interactive musket display with Pedro on the screen.
And some rare and unique firearms.
Along with more Hall's breech-loading rifles than what I have seen outside Harper's Ferry. But to see more, you will have to visit the museum while the exhibit is there until next January.