Research at The Levy Preserve

There are five areas of research that have occurred at The Levy Preserve over the last 10 years: Botany, Ornithology, Entomology, Herpetology, and Meteorology. The Botany and Meteorology programs are multipronged, ongoing long term research areas whereas the Herpetology, Ornithology, and Entomology programs have been primarily focused on documenting the extent of biodiversity at the Levy Preserve.


There are two main areas of botanical research at the Levy Preserve. The first is part of the conservation horticulture program. The second is a long-term project studying the diversity and structure of the forest at the Preserve using Permanent Forest Plots.


Research on Arthropod Diversity at The Preserve was conducted by the late Dr. Paul De Luca from The University of The Bahamas. His studies have documented 308 species of Arthropoda in 22 orders.


The Levy Preserve does not have an organized research program dedicated to studying the birds of the Preserve. Over time it has collected observations of the birds observed at the Preserve. Currently over 70 species of birds have been sighted.

There are 39 resident species. An additional 42 winter migrants were observed including 19 warbler species.

An ornithological checklist can be provided upon request.


A meteorological station has been erected on top of the low hilltop above the epiphyte trail near the old quarry pit at the center of the Levy Preserve. The purpose of the station is to monitor and record weather data to be used to analyze trends in environmental parameters.


The Levy Preserve has 30 acres of land with numerous different habitats that support a variety of Herpetofauna. Joe Wasilewksi of Natural Selections of South Florida, an expert Herpetologist, has explored the Levy Preserve on numerous occasions documenting the diversity and ecological structure and placement.

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