Everglades

Town Hall 2013 Environmental Issues
11:07 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Environment Back On The Table This Legislative Session, Says Senate Majority Leader

Wildlife viewing is popular with Florida residents and tourists, making Everglades restoration and environmental protection a matter of economic concern.
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Tough economic times put environmental issues on the Florida Legislature's back burner in recent years, but this session should be different, according to Sen. Jack Latvala (R-Clearwater), who sat on the panel at Monday night's Town Hall Session 2013 hosted by WLRN and the Miami Herald

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Python Hunters
12:18 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

The Snake's A Snitch: Why Florida Released Biggest Python Caught In Hunt

A Burmese python at Zoo Miami. Authorities are trying to cut down the number of such snakes in the state.
Peter Andrew Bosch MCT /Landov

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 12:47 pm

This headline may make you go "huh?"

"Biggest Python in Florida Snake Hunt Released Back into the Wild."

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Sea Level Rise
6:10 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Tallahassee Lawmakers Hear How Rising Seas Threaten South Florida

South Florida lawmakers gather at the Capitol to hear about the threat of rising seas.
Credit Gina Jordan/WLRN

The rising sea level threat facing South Florida communities is on the radar of the region's lawmakers.

They recently met at the Capitol to hear from a panel of experts.

Monroe County administrator Roman Gastesi says the waters off Key West have gone up 9 inches in the last hundred years, and the rise is accelerating.

“What we’re looking at now is 9 to 24 inches in the next 50 years,” Gastesi says. “Three to seven (inches) in 20 years.”

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Science
5:00 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

The Python Challenge Final Tally: 50 Dead Snakes And A Whole Lot Of Unanswered Questions

The Python Challenge: a bust or a boon? Depends on how you look at it.
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The wacky challenge that grabbed national headlines -- and perhaps more than its fair share of derision -- will come to a head Saturday morning, when the 2013 Python Challenge awards are presented in Miami.

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Florida Forever Coalition
10:00 am
Sat February 9, 2013

What Gov. Rick Scott's $74.2 Billion Budget Would Mean For South Florida Environmental Projects

Gov. Rick Scott is proposing big boosts for environmental projects in his 2013-2014 budget.
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 If Gov. Rick Scott's proposed $74.2 billion budget passes the Legislature intact, it would include $75 million for conservation land projects spearheaded by the Florida Forever Coalition. The 2013-2014 budget also includes $60 million for Everglades restoration and $6.5 million for restoring springs.  

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Everglades Lawsuit
5:00 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

A Lawsuit And Public Outcry: A Busy Week In The Everglades

Florida Wildlife Federation has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Rick Scott in a dispute over land in the Everglades.
Credit Tricia Woolfenden

The soon-to-wrap Python Challenge isn't the only headline-making activity in the Everglades this month. Florida's imperiled wetlands have been the focus of several contentious issues in the past week.   

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Science
6:00 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

6 Reasons To Attend Everglades Day Festival On Saturday At Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

A rescued barred owl at Everglades Day in 2011.
Credit Tricia Woolfenden

 It's often said that there is no other place in the world like Florida's Everglades. Despite man's best efforts, the 'glades endure as one of the world's most widely recognized sources of biodiversity and an example of the fragile nature of human/ecological relations.   

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Florida Environment
3:00 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Got Opinions On Florida's Environmental Future? State Agencies Want To Hear From You

The tricolored heron (as pictured here at Green Cay Wetlands in Delray Beach) is on the FWC's list of species under consideration.
Credit Tricia Woolfenden

Citizen scientists and environmental stewards take note: Two state agencies are in the process of soliciting public comment on issues that could impact Florida's overall ecological outlook. 

First up is the South Florida Water Management District, which is accepting public comments on four parcels of land in the Upper Lakes Management Region located north of Orlando. These include Tibet-Butler Preserve, Shingle Creek, Lake Marion Creek and Reedy Creek, and SUMICA. 

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Florida Python Challenge
4:10 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

The Python Challenge Scoreboard So Far: 37 Less Burmese Pythons In The Everglades

The Burmese python is persona non grata in the 'glades.
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With just a little more than a week remaining in the hunt, the 2013 Python Challenge has seen the capture and (hopefully relatively swift and painless) killing of 37 Burmese pythons in the Everglades. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission -- which is sponsoring the hunt -- announced the latest kill count on Tuesday morning via its official Facebook page.

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Florida Everglades
7:43 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Now, It's Personal: Sen. Bill Nelson Headed To The 'Glades To Hunt Enemy Pythons

WATCH OUT, SNAKE: Sen. Bill Nelson will be packing a pistol and a machete when he joins the Everglades python hunt.

The big Everglades python hunt starts Saturday and, so far, 670 people have signed up for the fun and a chance at cash prizes.

Among them is our intrepid U. S. Senator, Bill Nelson. He and a companion -- described in the Tampa Bay Times as a "rancher from Davie" -- will strap on pistols and machetes on Thursday  to go after the huge Burmese pythons that Nelson has  worried so much about, occasionally to the amusement of his Senate colleagues.

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Environment
2:00 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Why Wading Birds Are Getting A Little Less Busy In The Everglades

Nesting numbers of wading birds are considered an important measure of the health of the overall system.
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Breeding numbers were down for some bird species for the third straight year in a row in the Everglades.

Nesting numbers for wading birds fell by 38 percent compared to the past decade. That's according to an annual survey compiled by the South Florida Water Management District.

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Environment
7:00 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Why The Everglades National Park Is Handing Out Anti-Vulture Kits

Black vultures sometimes rip the rubber and vinyl parts off of cars.
Credit Brian Henderson/Flickr

Next time you go to the Everglades you'll have the option to pick up an anti-vulture kit.

The park is offering the kits so people can protect their cars against vultures during the winter months. The black vultures sometimes rip the rubber and vinyl parts--such as windshield wipers and sunroof seals--off of cars.

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Florida Everglades
8:31 am
Mon January 7, 2013

State To Send Hunters After 'Glades Pythons

ONE LESS PYTHON: Sending out amateur hunters may be a good way to handle the python problem, experts say. Or not.
Credit David Callister/Alamy

Evidently at its wits' end over the Burmese pythons swarming the Everglades, Florida has declared a month-long snake season for armed amateurs. They'll go into the 'Glades to compete for cash prizes by killing as many as they can.

What could possibly go wrong?

Plenty, says Oklahoma biology professor and "reptile industry spokesman" Warren Booth. He told the Sun-Sentinel bullets will be flying in a dangerous environment where sometimes you can’t tell one snake from another.

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Everglades
6:00 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Everglades Violent Past Remembered

Bird of Paradise on Hat. 1900

In the late 1800's, the Everglades was a place for Native Americans, newly-freed slaves, naturalists, poachers, settlers and expansionists.

But by the end of the century, a massive influx of settlers were flocking to the Everglades for one thing:  to kill birds for their feathers.

It has been said that Marie Antoinette started the trend of using plumes to adorn her royal head - before she lost hers.

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Everglades
11:05 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Why The Woodstork Is Leaving The Everglades

The wood stork numbers are up - but not without big changes in its range and habits. The endangered bird has largely left the Everglades, once home to a significant number of nesting pairs.
Credit Kenneth Cole Schneider

Florida’s only wading bird on the endangered species list, the wood stork, is on the mend.  From a low of about 2,500 nesting pairs in most of South and Central Florida in 1984, the bird has since grown to around 7,000 to 9,000 nesting pairs. 

But it doesn't mean all is well with the Everglades.

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