Florida Fish and WIldlife Conservation Commission http://wlrn.org en Feds Do About-Face, Step In To Help Endangered Florida Grasshopper Sparrow http://wlrn.org/post/feds-do-about-face-step-help-endangered-florida-grasshopper-sparrow <p>The clock is ticking for the highly-endangered Florida grasshopper sparrow, but a new project recently green-lit by a federal agency may offer some hope for avoiding extinction. Scientists believe there are roughly 200 of the tiny birds remaining in the wild. Two years ago, scientists found the lowest count of the birds in history: last year's numbers dipped even lower.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 16 May 2013 11:03:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 14057 at http://wlrn.org Feds Do About-Face, Step In To Help Endangered Florida Grasshopper Sparrow Florida Panther Released In Palm Beach County: VIDEO http://wlrn.org/post/florida-panther-released-palm-beach-county-video <p>Florida wildlife news often is dominated by loss: <a href="http://wlrn.org/post/algae-bloom-kills-record-number-florida-manatees" target="_blank">record numbers of manatee deaths</a>, an <a href="http://wlrn.org/post/biologists-ask-why-wont-feds-fund-protection-floridas-nearly-extinct-grasshopper-sparrow" target="_blank">endangered species</a> on the brink of extinction, <a href="http://www.player.wlrn.org/post/python-challenge-hunter-its-eerily-quiet-everglades" target="_blank">invasives&nbsp;over-taking entire ecosystems</a>&nbsp;and so on. Fri, 05 Apr 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 11907 at http://wlrn.org Florida Panther Released In Palm Beach County: VIDEO In The Fight Against A Lionfish Invasion, Florida Turns To Creative Photo Contest http://wlrn.org/post/fight-against-lionfish-invasion-florida-turns-creative-photo-contest <p>Lionfish are the newest target of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation's (FWC) efforts to use social engagement to tackle the problem of exotic, invasives in the state. The FWC&nbsp;announced last week the launch of its "<a href="http://myfwc.com/news/news-releases/2013/march/28/lionfish-photos/" target="_blank">Lionfish Control Team</a>" photo contest for the month of April.</p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 13:03:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 11729 at http://wlrn.org In The Fight Against A Lionfish Invasion, Florida Turns To Creative Photo Contest Red Tide Claims 170 Manatees, But South Florida Population Should Be Spared http://wlrn.org/post/red-tide-claims-170-manatees-south-florida-population-should-be-spared <p>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 <a href="http://ecos.fws.gov/speciesProfile/profile/speciesProfile.action?spcode=A007" target="_blank">manatees</a> in Southwest Florida as red tide impacts regional populations of the gentle water-dwelling mammals.</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 11:01:34 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 10926 at http://wlrn.org Red Tide Claims 170 Manatees, But South Florida Population Should Be Spared Meet The Tegu: An Intelligent And Athletic Invasive Threatening Florida's Wildlife http://wlrn.org/post/meet-tegu-intelligent-and-athletic-invasive-threatening-floridas-wildlife <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As Mike Perez mingled with visitors at the recent <a href="http://wlrn.org/post/python-challenge-hunter-its-eerily-quiet-everglades" target="_blank">Python Challenge awards event</a>&nbsp;in Miami, his left arm supported the weight of a black-and-white lizard with a body as thick as a linebacker's bicep. Gazing through heavily hooded eyes, the lizard rarely moved, save for sticking out its forked tongue for an occasional sniff .&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 13:01:37 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 9760 at http://wlrn.org Meet The Tegu: An Intelligent And Athletic Invasive Threatening Florida's Wildlife The Python Challenge Final Tally: 50 Dead Snakes And A Whole Lot Of Unanswered Questions http://wlrn.org/post/python-challenge-final-tally-50-dead-snakes-and-whole-lot-unanswered-questions <p>The wacky challenge that grabbed <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/men-rescued-python-challenge-florida-article-1.1258573">national headlines</a> -- and perhaps more than its fair share of <a href="http://www.chilliwacktimes.com/technology/Using+evil+good+once/7853273/story.html">derision</a> -- will come to a head Saturday morning, when the 2013 Python Challenge awards are presented in Miami.</p> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 22:00:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 9478 at http://wlrn.org The Python Challenge Final Tally: 50 Dead Snakes And A Whole Lot Of Unanswered Questions Despite Release Of Rescued Panther, 2013 Off To A Rough Start For Endangered Florida Panther http://wlrn.org/post/despite-release-rescued-panther-2013-rough-start-endangered-florida-panther <p></p><p>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.</p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 21:00:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 8972 at http://wlrn.org Despite Release Of Rescued Panther, 2013 Off To A Rough Start For Endangered Florida Panther Got Opinions On Florida's Environmental Future? State Agencies Want To Hear From You http://wlrn.org/post/got-opinions-floridas-environmental-future-state-agencies-want-hear-you-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 20:00:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 8954 at http://wlrn.org Got Opinions On Florida's Environmental Future? State Agencies Want To Hear From You Are Cats A Threat To Nature Or Simply Man's Favorite Scapegoat? http://wlrn.org/post/are-cats-threat-nature-or-simply-mans-favorite-scapegoat <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A teddy bear of a cat stretches across a desk. His baseball-sized orange paws skim the keyboard as his purring body contorts into a position that exposes an expansive patch of striped belly. The tableau, which plays out in my home office on a near-daily basis, is a pleasant distraction from this week's reminder that my loyal companion is a natural born killer. </span></p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 21:00:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 8563 at http://wlrn.org Are Cats A Threat To Nature Or Simply Man's Favorite Scapegoat? The Florida Panther Was Saved By Its Cougar Cousin From Texas, Report Says http://wlrn.org/post/florida-panther-was-saved-its-cougar-cousin-texas-report-says <p>Today's Florida&nbsp;panther is struggling for survival, but things could've been much worse, according to a recent report from the University of Florida. Research shows Florida's big cats were given a boost in 1995, when eight female cougars from Texas were brought in to help diversify the ailing Florida population, the <a href="http://www.news-press.com/article/20130128/NEWS01/301280035/Report-Cougars-saved-their-cat-cousins-Florida-panthers?nclick_check=1">News-Press</a> reports.</p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 21:00:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 8477 at http://wlrn.org The Florida Panther Was Saved By Its Cougar Cousin From Texas, Report Says State To Send Hunters After 'Glades Pythons http://wlrn.org/post/state-send-hunters-after-glades-pythons <p></p><p>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.</p><p>What could possibly go wrong?</p> Mon, 07 Jan 2013 13:31:12 +0000 Rick Stone 7350 at http://wlrn.org State To Send Hunters After 'Glades Pythons