Tricia Woolfenden http://blog.wlrn.org en Summer Reading List For Floridians (Yes, This Includes That 'Rolling Stone' Story) http://blog.wlrn.org/post/summer-reading-list-floridians-yes-includes-rolling-stone-story <p>Summer is the time when snow birds and tourists abandon the state and leave native Floridians to swelter alone in the subtropical sun. Instead of bemoaning the heat and humidity (and occasional hurricane), delve into some writings that celebrate -- at least, in most cases -- what it means to live in this state.</p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 11:15:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 16607 at http://blog.wlrn.org Summer Reading List For Floridians (Yes, This Includes That 'Rolling Stone' Story) South Florida Wildlife Center: Cute Baby Animals And Lessons On Respecting Nature http://blog.wlrn.org/post/south-florida-wildlife-center-cute-baby-animals-and-lessons-respecting-nature <p>Imagine this scene: You're preparing to go for a morning jog in your Fort Lauderdale neighborhood when you spy an opossum sifting through a pile of overripe mangoes beneath a tree in the backyard.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Or perhaps on the course of that morning jog, you spot a brown baby bird hopping on the ground beneath a cocoplum. It's pumping its wings but not gaining much altitude.</span></p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 13:39:19 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 16521 at http://blog.wlrn.org South Florida Wildlife Center: Cute Baby Animals And Lessons On Respecting Nature Future Of South Florida Conservation Lands In Limbo; Public Asked To Weigh In http://blog.wlrn.org/post/future-south-florida-conservation-lands-limbo-public-asked-weigh <p>How valuable are state-managed conservation lands? It's a question the <a href="http://www.sfwmd.gov/portal/page/portal/xweb%20protecting%20and%20restoring/land%20assessment#everglades" target="_blank">South Florida Water Management District</a> has put to the public in a multi-month assessment of fee-owned lands throughout the state.</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 16379 at http://blog.wlrn.org Future Of South Florida Conservation Lands In Limbo; Public Asked To Weigh In Kravis Center Board Chair: Palm Beach County No Longer A Retirement Community http://blog.wlrn.org/post/kravis-center-board-chair-palm-beach-county-no-longer-retirement-community <p>Palm Beach County's demographics and arts patrons are rapidly changing, and the&nbsp;Kravis&nbsp;Center for the Performing Arts intends to keep up.&nbsp;</p><p>"Palm Beach County is no longer a retirement community," says Jane Mitchell, who was recently elected as board chair for the 28-year-old cultural institution.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 10:01:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 16151 at http://blog.wlrn.org Kravis Center Board Chair: Palm Beach County No Longer A Retirement Community Watch South Beach Disappear Under Sea Level Rise In Hypnotic New GIFs http://blog.wlrn.org/post/watch-south-beach-disappear-under-sea-level-rise-hypnotic-new-gifs <p>Current climate change and sea level rise models indicate a very grim -- and water-logged -- future for South Florida and Miami in particular<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;But n</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ew imagery from researcher/artist </span><a href="http://nickolaylamm.com/" target="_blank">Nickolay</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://nickolaylamm.com/" target="_blank">&nbsp;Lamm</a> paints an almost hypnotic picture of these proposed realties for American cities like Miami, Boston, Washington D.C., and New York.< Thu, 20 Jun 2013 14:31:18 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 12128 at http://blog.wlrn.org Watch South Beach Disappear Under Sea Level Rise In Hypnotic New GIFs Why Miami Can't Copy New York's Plan For Sea Level Rise http://blog.wlrn.org/post/why-miami-cant-copy-new-yorks-plan-sea-level-rise <p>New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg made significant waves Tuesday when he announced a comprehensive $19.5 billion plan to gird the city against the threat of sea level rise.</p><p>The long-term plans include a series of levees and storm barriers to protect against waters that are expected to rise anywhere from 20 inches to more than six feet in the next century.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 15763 at http://blog.wlrn.org Why Miami Can't Copy New York's Plan For Sea Level Rise A Florida Scrub Jay 'Rebound' In Palm Beach County? Don't Get Your Hopes Up http://blog.wlrn.org/post/florida-scrub-jay-rebound-palm-beach-county-dont-get-your-hopes <p>The future&nbsp;remains uncertain for the&nbsp;struggling Florida scrub jay, an endemic state species that is&nbsp;increasingly difficult -- but not <em>impossible</em> --&nbsp;to find in Palm Beach County. Statewide efforts to study and document the birds' population and habitat use&nbsp;may help&nbsp;to turn the tide for this&nbsp;gregarious bird.</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 10:31:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 15329 at http://blog.wlrn.org A Florida Scrub Jay 'Rebound' In Palm Beach County? Don't Get Your Hopes Up Everglades Restoration: Water And Money Flow Into The River Of Grass http://blog.wlrn.org/post/everglades-restoration-water-and-money-flow-river-grass <p>May was an eventful -- and most would likely say hopeful -- month for the beleaguered&nbsp;Everglades. Gov. Rick Scott signed into law <a href="http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2013-05-30/news/os-environment-development-lobbying-20130530_1_florida-crystals-sugar-industry-sugar-cane-growers-cooperative">new legislation</a> that will provide hundreds of millions of dollars over the next decade to fund Everglades restoration and cleanup.</p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 14:35:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 14876 at http://blog.wlrn.org Everglades Restoration: Water And Money Flow Into The River Of Grass Hunting The Flamingo Is A Birder's Rite Of Passage In "Garish, Neon" Florida http://blog.wlrn.org/post/hunting-flamingo-birders-rite-passage-garish-neon-florida <p><em>The </em><em>Birdist</em>'s Nicholas Lund -- who, in a recent <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2013/05/state_bird_improvements_replace_cardinals_and_robins_with_warblers_and_hawks.single.html" target="_blank"><em>Slate</em> piece</a>, took each and every state to task for its choice of state bird -- stands by his assertion that the flamingo should be Florida's avian ambassador, even <em>if</em> most of the state's denizens will never set eyes on the pink fellows outside of an aviary or souvenir shop. Fri, 07 Jun 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 15033 at http://blog.wlrn.org Hunting The Flamingo Is A Birder's Rite Of Passage In "Garish, Neon" Florida Center For Creative Education Finally Gets A Space Of Its Own In Northwood Village http://blog.wlrn.org/post/center-creative-education-finally-gets-space-its-own-northwood-village <p>The road to construct a dedicated building for the <a href="http://www.cceflorida.org/" target="_blank">Center for Creative Education</a> (CCE) has been a long and bumpy one filled with more than a few roadblocks. But after nearly a decade of financial challenges and false starts, the South Florida non-profit children's art outreach is ready to unveil its new home in Palm Beach County.</p> Fri, 31 May 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 14935 at http://blog.wlrn.org Center For Creative Education Finally Gets A Space Of Its Own In Northwood Village Add 'Crazy Ants' To Growing List Of Florida Invasive Species http://blog.wlrn.org/post/add-crazy-ants-growing-list-florida-invasive-species <p>The <a href="http://wlrn.org/post/some-health-risks-eating-giant-african-land-snail" target="_blank">giant African land snail</a> has competition in the "strange and destructive little invasive species" department. A <a href="http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10530-013-0463-6" target="_blank">report </a>released last month by University of Texas scientists shows that "crazy ants" are "invading the southeastern United States and Texas" -- including Florida.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 28 May 2013 10:01:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 14600 at http://blog.wlrn.org Add 'Crazy Ants' To Growing List Of Florida Invasive Species Florida's State Bird Shouldn't Be The Mockingbird (Or The Flamingo) http://blog.wlrn.org/post/floridas-state-bird-shouldnt-be-mockingbird-or-flamingo <p>In a "bird-rich" state like Florida, does the commonplace northern mockingbird deserve to reign as the official state bird? <em><a href="http://www.thebirdist.com/" target="_blank">The </a></em><em><a href="http://www.thebirdist.com/" target="_blank">Birdist</a></em>'s&nbsp;Nicholas Lund thinks not.</p> Fri, 24 May 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 14476 at http://blog.wlrn.org Florida's State Bird Shouldn't Be The Mockingbird (Or The Flamingo) The Environmental Cost Of South Florida's Car Culture Could Be Negated By Bikes http://blog.wlrn.org/post/environmental-cost-south-floridas-car-culture-could-be-negated-bikes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a state that is noted for its dedicated car culture, it seems a given that residents and tourists would benefit from any measurable decrease in road congestion, car exhaust, and air pollution.&nbsp;</span>As <a href="http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/bikemonth/" target="_blank">National Bike Month</a> winds down and South Florida, communities make moves to become more bike friendly, it pays to talk about the potential environmental impact of having more bicycles and less cars on Florida's roads.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 23 May 2013 10:02:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 14429 at http://blog.wlrn.org The Environmental Cost Of South Florida's Car Culture Could Be Negated By Bikes Bicycling In South Florida Isn't As Good As It Should Be, But It's Getting Better http://blog.wlrn.org/post/bicycling-south-florida-isnt-good-it-should-be-its-getting-better <p>Year-round sun, miles of oceanside roadways, few changes in elevation: South Florida <em>should</em> be a paradise for even the most casual of bicyclists. But the state is also home to plenty of thoroughfares with posted speeds in excess of 50 mph., three lanes of traffic in each direction and lots of traffic lights. Not exactly a recipe for safe and happy cycling.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>RELATED</strong>: <a href="http://wlrn.org/post/how-much-do-you-walk-livability-south-florida" target="_blank"><strong>How Much Do You Walk? Livability In South Florida</strong></a></p> Wed, 22 May 2013 10:01:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 14407 at http://blog.wlrn.org Bicycling In South Florida Isn't As Good As It Should Be, But It's Getting Better South Florida's New Science Center And Aquarium http://blog.wlrn.org/post/south-floridas-new-science-center-and-aquarium <p>What's in a name change? Plenty, when the new moniker also signals an "emotional change," as is the case with the soon-to-be-unveiled South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. The entity is a rebranding of the popular <a href="http://www.sfsm.org/" target="_blank">South Florida Science Museum</a>. The longtime Palm Beach County institution hasn't received a makeover since its completion in 1969 (which represents an eternity in a region that is eager to "spruce up appearances" on the regular.)&nbsp;</p> Fri, 17 May 2013 20:13:32 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 14137 at http://blog.wlrn.org South Florida's New Science Center And Aquarium