citizen science http://wlrn.org en Sea Turtle Nesting Season Begins: Here's How To See Them In Action http://wlrn.org/post/sea-turtle-nesting-season-begins-heres-how-see-them-action <p>Sea turtle nesting season is off and crawling this year with the first reported sea turtle nest in Boca Raton. The nest, made by a leatherback turtle, was recorded on Sunday morning in South Beach Park by Marine Turtle Specialists with the <a href="http://www.gumbolimbo.org/Sea-Turtle-Research" target="_blank">Boca Raton Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program</a> based out of Gumbo Limbo Nature Center.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 11:02:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 12213 at http://wlrn.org Sea Turtle Nesting Season Begins: Here's How To See Them In Action Volunteers Pull 57,154 Pounds Of Litter From Natural Areas http://wlrn.org/post/volunteers-pull-57154-pounds-litter-natural-areas <p>On a recent Sunday morning, a group of hikers paused on a heavily canopied trail to observe a bird perched high atop a tree, its body&nbsp;silhouetted&nbsp;against the rising sun. A brief hush took hold as binoculars focused in on the back-lit bird, loudly churring&nbsp;its morning song. Bodies shifted for a better view, until: "Yep,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/great_crested_flycatcher/id" target="_blank">great crested flycatcher</a>!"</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 12:00:55 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 11448 at http://wlrn.org Volunteers Pull 57,154 Pounds Of Litter From Natural Areas Here's One Way To Help The Almost-Extinct Grasshopper Sparrow: Kill Fire Ants http://wlrn.org/post/heres-one-way-help-almost-extinct-grasshopper-sparrow-kill-fire-ants <p>Fire ants are notorious Florida invasives, leaving a trail of painful welts and blisters in their wake. Those pesky exotic intruders also happen to be a serious threat to some of the state's most vulnerable endemic species. Fri, 22 Mar 2013 11:01:56 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 11219 at http://wlrn.org Here's One Way To Help The Almost-Extinct Grasshopper Sparrow: Kill Fire Ants Shark Tagging Program Seeks To Turn The Tide For Misunderstood Species http://wlrn.org/post/shark-tagging-program-seeks-turn-tide-misunderstood-species <p>On Saturday morning, <a href="http://www.rsmas.miami.edu/people/faculty-index/?p=neil-hammerschlag" target="_blank">Neil Hammerschlag</a>&nbsp;stood on the stern of a charter boat frequently used for his innovative <a href="http://rjd.miami.edu/research/projects/gps-for-sharks#citizen-science" target="_blank">shark tagging</a> and research program. The boat had departed just after 9 a.m. from Miami Seaquarium's docks. It stopped just a few miles offshore, Miami's skyline still visible in the distance.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 11:01:33 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 11019 at http://wlrn.org Shark Tagging Program Seeks To Turn The Tide For Misunderstood Species This Weekend's Great Backyard Bird Count Allows South Florida Birders To Shape Science http://wlrn.org/post/weekends-great-backyard-bird-count-allows-south-florida-birders-shape-science <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dust off those binoculars and brush up on your birding skills. The 2013 Great Backyard Bird Count is on and South Florida is a historical hotbed of action.</span></p><p>The four-day count -- a joint effort by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, National Audubon Society, and Bird Studies Canada -- is a large-scale citizen-science project with participants from around the globe. There's no cost to join and it's open to birders of all levels, from the casual feeder watcher to hardcore "listers."&nbsp;</p> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 21:00:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 9477 at http://wlrn.org This Weekend's Great Backyard Bird Count Allows South Florida Birders To Shape Science