Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Key Island, a barrier island, was infested with Australian pine trees, an invasive non-native plant that resul ted in significant loss of biodiversity of native plant communities. Salt-toler ant, they have shallow root systems that cause them to topple easily in high win ds, creating obstacles for Atlantic loggerhead turtles trying to nest on beach.
Photo Category: Estuaries
Photo Location: Florida, Key Island