Spring Break: Dunnellon, Florida

I spent an hour snorkeling through a river in Florida observing wildlife. Rainbow River in Dunnellon, Florida supports a vast array of fish, wildlife, and plants. It contains different distinct natural communities, which I learned includes sandhills, flatwoods, upland mixed forests, and hydric hammocks.  Within these communities include oak, longleaf pines, magnolia, dogwood, redbud, and hickory trees. While snorkeling, I was able to observe cormorants dive and hunt for fish under the surface of the water. Other bird species residing in the area include swallowtail kites, ospreys and kingfishers. There was very lush vegetation around the riverbanks and the water was a comfortable 72 degrees due to the hundreds of natural hot springs that feed into the river.