wildlife

Environment
2:43 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Florida's Most Famous Manatee Celebrates 65th Birthday

Snooty, the world's oldest manatee, on his 63rd birthday at the South Florida Museum in 2011.
Wikimedia Commons

The oldest manatee ever to be held in captivity celebrated his 65th birthday on Sunday.

In what was one of the first recorded births in captivity, Snooty was born at the Miami Aquarium and Tackle Company on July 21, 1948. In 1949, he was transferred to the South Florida Museum in Bradenton, where he has been living comfortably ever since.

To celebrate the occasion, the museum held a free birthday party.

Over the years, Snooty has proven to be invaluable in teaching scientists about conservation and education of the state's marine life.

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Science
7:01 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Red Tide Claims 170 Manatees, But South Florida Population Should Be Spared

Manatees that winter in Southeast Florida are unlikely to be impacted by the red tide blooms killing dozens of manatees on the Southwest side of the state.
Credit Tricia Woolfenden

One of Florida's most beloved endangered species is facing a tough end to the winter. State wildlife officials have confirmed the deaths of more than 170 manatees in Southwest Florida as red tide impacts regional populations of the gentle water-dwelling mammals.

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Vulture Tagging Everglades National Park
7:03 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Tagged Vultures May Solve Mystery About Why They Attack Cars In The Everglades

A tagged black vulture (left) is part of a group of more than 100 vultures being monitored in Everglades National Park.
Credit Tricia Woolfenden

In January, WLRN reported on the curious -- and destructive -- habits of some of the Everglades National Park's vulture population. The birds have been reported to "attack" parked vehicles, picking off rubber and vinyl. The baffling and costly behavior has led Everglades' staff to pass out anti-vulture kits to park visitors. It has also motivated state conservationalists and scientists to look into the matter more thoroughly. 

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Annual Shark Migration
8:00 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Thousands Of Sharks Make Annual Migration Along South Florida's Coast

Blacktip sharks are among the most common sharks found inshore off the coast of Florida.
Credit Ross Elliott / Flickr Creative Commons

Discovery Channel's Shark Week isn't until August, but South Florida is in the midst of its own shark celebration of sorts. Now through the end of April, the inshore waters off the coasts of Palm Beach County to Miami-Dade County will teem with shark activity.

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Florida Grasshopper Sparrow
10:00 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Biologists Ask: Why Won't The Feds Fund Protection Of Florida's Nearly Extinct Grasshopper Sparrow?

The Florida grasshopper sparrow is facing extinction.
Credit MyFWC.com / Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

One of Florida's endemic species, the Florida grasshopper sparrow, is on the path to extinction. The bird lives only in the dry prairies south of Orlando and it's believed that less than 200 of the highly-specialized sparrows remain in the wild, though funding doesn't exist to adequately track the population. Part of the problem has been drumming up the public support -- and money -- necessary to study what has happened to the subspecies.   

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Florida Panther Released
4:00 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Despite Release Of Rescued Panther, 2013 Off To A Rough Start For Endangered Florida Panther

This Florida panther was rescued as a kitten and released on January 31 of this year.
Credit Tim Donovan / FWC

The upbeat news of a Florida panther's release at the end of January was dampened by confirmation of the recent deaths of two panthers in the wild.

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