Florida wildlife http://wlrn.org en Florida's Lionfish May Need To Rehearse Their Final Words http://wlrn.org/post/floridas-lionfish-may-need-rehearse-their-final-words <p></p><p>The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is trying to eradicate an invasive species: the lionfish, which swims the South Florida seas.</p><p>It's is a funky-looking, red-and-white striped fish. Its fins fan out like a mane, hence the name. But the real image its name should conjure up is of a big bully.</p><p>The lionfish&nbsp;population has exploded over the past couple of decades. Its presence has increasingly hurt local native fish and other sea critters.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:19:43 +0000 Wilson Sayre 30891 at http://wlrn.org Florida's Lionfish May Need To Rehearse Their Final Words South Florida's Urban Menagerie http://wlrn.org/post/south-floridas-urbanbestiary-menagerie <div style="font-family: 'Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"></div><div style="font-family: 'Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">10/09/13 - Wednesday&#39;s&nbsp;<strong><a href="https://twitter.com/topicalcurrents">Topical</a></strong></span></font><strong><a href="https://twitter.com/topicalcurrents"><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"> Currents</span></font></a></strong><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;examines how our lives are increasingly entwined with creatures which are displaced by suburbia, highways and urban sprawl.&nbsp;</span></font><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;">South Florida is a prime example of urban menagerie creation, through habitat loss.&nbsp; We see foxes, raccoons, wading birds, reptiles and even vultures on our streets and properties. &nbsp;</span><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">We&rsquo;ll speak with nature writer and researcher <strong><a href="http://www.lyandalynnhaupt.com/">Lyanda Lynn Haupt</a></strong>&nbsp;</span></font><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">about her book, <a href="http://amzn.to/1goC3uv"><em><strong>THE URBAN BESTIARY:&nbsp; Encountering the Everyday Wild.</strong></em></a> &nbsp;</span></font><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">That&rsquo;s&nbsp;</span></font><a href="https://www.facebook.com/TopicalCurrents"><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><b>Topical Currents</b></span></font></a><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;. . . Wednesday at 1pm.</span></font></div><div style="font-family: 'Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-family: 'Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman & Paul Leary 21852 at http://wlrn.org South Florida's Urban Menagerie A Journey Through Florida’s Natural Paradise http://wlrn.org/post/journey-through-florida-s-natural-paradise <div style="font-family: 'Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"><br><p></p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman & Paul Leary 17979 at http://wlrn.org A Journey Through Florida’s Natural Paradise South Florida Wildlife Center: Cute Baby Animals And Lessons On Respecting Nature http://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://wlrn.org South Florida Wildlife Center: Cute Baby Animals And Lessons On Respecting Nature 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 Sea Level Rise May Happen Too Quick For Shore Birds To React http://wlrn.org/post/sea-level-rise-may-happen-too-quick-shore-birds-react <p>Humans aren't the only species facing an uncertain future in South Florida should current sea level rise predictions prove accurate. Migratory and resident shore birds also would feel the pinch of encroaching salt water, beach erosion, and shore line and habitat loss.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 15 May 2013 10:03:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 14033 at http://wlrn.org Sea Level Rise May Happen Too Quick For Shore Birds To React Read About New Boating Guidelines For The Everglades http://wlrn.org/post/read-about-new-boating-guidelines-everglades <p>Proposed changes at <a href="http://wlrn.org/term/everglades-national-park" target="_blank">Everglades National Park</a> have put anglers at odds with environmental groups. The park's draft general management plan, which includes several variations (or "alternatives"), is currently up for public comment. This Sunday is the deadline to weigh in on proposed measures, which include prohibiting traditional boating in about one-third of Florida Bay.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 08 May 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 13656 at http://wlrn.org Read About New Boating Guidelines For The Everglades Nine Awesome Everglades Animals (Aside From The Alligator) http://wlrn.org/post/nine-awesome-everglades-animals-aside-alligator <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Is there any animal more closely associated with the Everglades than the American alligator? OK, the <a href="http://wlrn.org/post/python-challenge-hunter-its-eerily-quiet-everglades" target="_blank">Burmese python</a> has been the 'glades press "darling" as of late, but invasive, non-natives do not count for the purposes of celebrating the Everglades. While F</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">lorida's iconic reptilian king deserves all of the attention it gets, there are plenty of other cool critters that inhabit the Everglades. </span></p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 11:01:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 12276 at http://wlrn.org Nine Awesome Everglades Animals (Aside From The Alligator) 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 Saving Florida Wildlife http://wlrn.org/post/saving-florida-wildlife <P><A href="http://youtu.be/g-LkNFihm8o">http://youtu.be/g-LkNFihm8o</A></P> <P>On January 17, 2012, 3 people&nbsp; kicked off a 1000 mile expedition to increase public awareness and generate support for the Florida Wildlife Corridor project.&nbsp; It began in the Everglades National Park and they trekked forward to the&nbsp;Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in southern Georgia. Mon, 08 Apr 2013 12:53:56 +0000 James March 12060 at http://wlrn.org 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 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 What It Feels Like To Pet A Live Shark http://wlrn.org/post/heres-what-it-feels-pet-live-shark <p>When we caught the first shark of the day, I'd already spent a good hour or so turning Neil Hammerschlag's words over in my head, like a gambler might fidget with a lucky coin in his pocket:&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"We might not </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">see</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> any sharks today."&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 11116 at http://wlrn.org Here's What It Feels Like To Pet A Live Shark 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