Tag: Florida

June 14, 2016

Tracking the exotic Nile crocodile in Florida

They crawl through rivers, freshwater marshes and mangrove swamps in sub-Saharan Africa, the Nile Basin and in Madagascar. At about 16 feet long and 500 pounds, the Nile crocodile (Crocodylus...

May 27, 2016

Missing seabirds spell trouble for snakes

On Seahorse Key, an island on Florida’s Gulf Coast, seabirds used to swoop into the water to pick up fish, and fly away while inadvertently dropping some on the ground...

March 30, 2016

Everglades birds may use gator muscle for nest protection

Water birds in the Everglades may be sacrificing the safety of some of their chicks to alligators for the greater good of gaining protection from raccoons or opossums. “They’re both...

November 20, 2015

Alligator Numbers Sink With Dry Periods in Everglades

The Florida Everglades are a very exciting place at night, according to Hardin Waddle. The frogs are calling, and all kinds of birds and other animals are out. But Waddle,...

White pelicans
July 21, 2015

Birds Vanish Mysteriously from Florida’s Seahorse Key

In the blink of an eye, an island on Florida’s Gulf Coast that was once filled with the chattering of the largest long-standing colony of seabirds and water birds on...

July 14, 2015

Florida’s Imperiled Species Plan Updated

Florida has been a hotbed of conservation activity lately, with bats, panthers and black bears all making recent headlines. Now, 57 more of the state’s imperiled species are getting their...

Florida bonneted bat
July 2, 2015

Video: Citizen Scientists Help Educate About Endangered Bat

Kirsten Bohn had just moved to Miami to begin working as an assistant research professor at Florida International University. It had been a few days after she had settled into...

New Guinea flatworm
June 30, 2015

Snail-Eating Invasive Worm Discovered in Florida Gardens

A killer invasive worm with an indiscriminate appetite for snails and invertebrates has been discovered in Florida gardens — the first time the destructive species has turned up in the...

A Florida black bear mother stands with her cub.
June 30, 2015

Limited Hunting of Florida Black Bears Passed

After a great deal of discussion and debate, last week the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) voted in favor of limited bear hunting in the state. The new...

Florida panther
June 17, 2015

Conservation Easement Secures Florida Panther Habitat

A conservation easement in LaBelle, Florida has given additional hope to the last remaining subspecies of cougar in the eastern United States. While the debate rages on about whether or...