The New Hampshire
Orchid Society

Fakahatchee Webcam Project

This exciting new initiative is in the Research & Development phase since the Spring of 2012,  We are looking at models and protocols for remote, weather-resistant webcams which could document the pollination of the extremely rare Ghost Orchids in the Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve in southwestern Florida. Working with Biologist Mike Owen and others, we hope to have some experimental prototypes up and functioning soon.

2014 update:  There are challenges to this project.   With approximately 500 known plants known to exist, with the majority of them in Florida in the Fakahatchee,  only about 10% of them bloom annually.   It takes tremendous effort to document which ones are in bud, and when.  Some are closer to trails; other quite remote.   Some webcams have been placed at orchids without success; some equipment has been stolen despite precautions.   Placing a webcam requires solar power, and a telephone signal... but some of the locations are too far from cell towers... the Fakahatchee is wilderness, after all!

Are you interested in visiting the Fakahatchee?   A trip is being planned for March and July, 2015.     Contact Jean Stefanik send me emails for more information... you too could become a swampwalker!

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