Tricia Woolfenden

Tricia is a dedicated NPR listener and has been for many years. When she moved to South Florida (from Grand Rapids, MI) in 2009, one of her first priorities was programming the local NPR affiliate (WLRN) into her car stereo’s audio presets.

Tricia received a Bachelors degree in journalism from Central Michigan University and immediately went to work as an arts and entertainment reporter for the Grand Rapids Press. She worked in the newsroom for about 6 years.

A changing economic climate – and brutal winters – drove Tricia to Boca Raton in 2009. She worked in marketing, public relations, and SEO before returning to her writer roots on a full-time basis in March 2012. She enjoys books, art, nature, and outdoor activities and is grateful for the world-class birding opportunities (and people watching) available in South Florida. 

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Summer Reading
7:15 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Summer Reading List For Floridians (Yes, This Includes That 'Rolling Stone' Story)

Summer calls for the sand, sun, and a lot of reading material.
Credit chrismeller / Flickr Creative Commons

Summer is the time when snow birds and tourists abandon the state and leave native Floridians to swelter alone in the subtropical sun. Instead of bemoaning the heat and humidity (and occasional hurricane), delve into some writings that celebrate -- at least, in most cases -- what it means to live in this state.

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Environment
9:39 am
Fri June 28, 2013

South Florida Wildlife Center: Cute Baby Animals And Lessons On Respecting Nature

A gray fox kit at the South Florida Wildlife Center
SFWC Courtesy Photo

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. 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.

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Environment
6:30 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Future Of South Florida Conservation Lands In Limbo; Public Asked To Weigh In

South Florida residents can sound off on the future of public conservation lands in Miami-Dade County, through July 8.
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How valuable are state-managed conservation lands? It's a question the South Florida Water Management District has put to the public in a multi-month assessment of fee-owned lands throughout the state.

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Performing Arts
6:01 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Kravis Center Board Chair: Palm Beach County No Longer A Retirement Community

Tweet seats -- offered last season during select Palm Beach Opera performances at Kravis Center -- are an example of how the cultural institution is evolving.
Credit Storify.com/Julian Restrep

Palm Beach County's demographics and arts patrons are rapidly changing, and the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts intends to keep up. 

"Palm Beach County is no longer a retirement community," says Jane Mitchell, who was recently elected as board chair for the 28-year-old cultural institution. 

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Climate Change
10:31 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Watch South Beach Disappear Under Sea Level Rise In Hypnotic New GIFs

Ocean Drive on Miami Beach would be submerged under five feet of water.
Credit Nickolay Lamm / StorageFront.com

Current climate change and sea level rise models indicate a very grim -- and water-logged -- future for South Florida and Miami in particular. But new imagery from researcher/artist Nickolay Lamm paints an almost hypnotic picture of these proposed realties for American cities like Miami, Boston, Washington D.C., and New York.

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Environment
7:00 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Why Miami Can't Copy New York's Plan For Sea Level Rise

Will this be the new normal in South Beach?
Credit maxstrz / Flickr Creative Commons

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg made significant waves Tuesday when he announced a comprehensive $19.5 billion plan to gird the city against the threat of sea level rise.

The long-term plans include a series of levees and storm barriers to protect against waters that are expected to rise anywhere from 20 inches to more than six feet in the next century. 

The national flap about Bloomberg's proactive stance on coping with impending coastal inundation has led to a sort of "OK, that's what they're doing. What about the rest of you?" sentiment among the media.

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Environment
6:31 am
Mon June 10, 2013

A Florida Scrub Jay 'Rebound' In Palm Beach County? Don't Get Your Hopes Up

An unbanded Florida scrub jay recently spotted in Jupiter Ridge Natural Area.
Credit Sabrina Olson Carle / WLRN

The future remains uncertain for the struggling Florida scrub jay, an endemic state species that is increasingly difficult -- but not impossible -- to find in Palm Beach County. Statewide efforts to study and document the birds' population and habitat use may help to turn the tide for this gregarious bird.

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Environment
10:35 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Everglades Restoration: Water And Money Flow Into The River Of Grass

Everglades restoration received a sizable cash infusion this week.
Credit Balthazira / Flickr Creative Commons

May was an eventful -- and most would likely say hopeful -- month for the beleaguered Everglades. Gov. Rick Scott signed into law new legislation that will provide hundreds of millions of dollars over the next decade to fund Everglades restoration and cleanup.

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Environment
6:30 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Hunting The Flamingo Is A Birder's Rite Of Passage In "Garish, Neon" Florida

The flamingo perfectly represents Florida, according to birder Nicholas Lund.
Credit Robert.Claypool / Flickr Creative Commons

The Birdist's Nicholas Lund -- who, in a recent Slate piece, took each and every state to task for its choice of state bird -- stands by his assertion that the flamingo should be Florida's avian ambassador, even if most of the state's denizens will never set eyes on the pink fellows outside of an aviary or souvenir shop.

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Arts
6:30 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Center For Creative Education Finally Gets A Space Of Its Own In Northwood Village

Students from Freedom Shores Elementary School participate in one of the CCE programs.
Credit Courtesy photo / Center for Creative Education

The road to construct a dedicated building for the Center for Creative Education (CCE) has been a long and bumpy one filled with more than a few roadblocks. But after nearly a decade of financial challenges and false starts, the South Florida non-profit children's art outreach is ready to unveil its new home in Palm Beach County.

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Environment
6:01 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Add 'Crazy Ants' To Growing List Of Florida Invasive Species

The fire ant is getting burned by yet another new invasive in Florida.
Credit AZRainman / Flickr Creative Commons

The giant African land snail has competition in the "strange and destructive little invasive species" department. A report released last month by University of Texas scientists shows that "crazy ants" are "invading the southeastern United States and Texas" -- including Florida. 

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Environment
6:30 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Florida's State Bird Shouldn't Be The Mockingbird (Or The Flamingo)

Northern mockingbirds are usually about ten inches in length, with a fifteen-inch wingspan, grayish upper portions, white undersides, and white patches on the tail and wings. The female has slightly less whiteness in its feathers than the male.
Credit flheritage.com

In a "bird-rich" state like Florida, does the commonplace northern mockingbird deserve to reign as the official state bird? The Birdist's Nicholas Lund thinks not.

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Biking
6:02 am
Thu May 23, 2013

The Environmental Cost Of South Florida's Car Culture Could Be Negated By Bikes

Bicycling and the environment have a close relationship in South Florida.
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In a state that is noted for its dedicated car culture, it seems a given that residents and tourists would benefit from any measurable decrease in road congestion, car exhaust, and air pollution. As National Bike Month winds down and South Florida, communities make moves to become more bike friendly, it pays to talk about the potential environmental impact of having more bicycles and less cars on Florida's roads. 

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Biking
6:01 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Bicycling In South Florida Isn't As Good As It Should Be, But It's Getting Better

The bicycling community in South Florida is showing signs of growth.
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Year-round sun, miles of oceanside roadways, few changes in elevation: South Florida should be a paradise for even the most casual of bicyclists. But the state is also home to plenty of thoroughfares with posted speeds in excess of 50 mph., three lanes of traffic in each direction and lots of traffic lights. Not exactly a recipe for safe and happy cycling. 

RELATED: How Much Do You Walk? Livability In South Florida

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Environment
4:13 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

South Florida's New Science Center And Aquarium

The South Florida Science Museum before its makeover.
Credit Courtesy photo / South Florida Science Museum

What's in a name change? Plenty, when the new moniker also signals an "emotional change," as is the case with the soon-to-be-unveiled South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. The entity is a rebranding of the popular South Florida Science Museum. The longtime Palm Beach County institution hasn't received a makeover since its completion in 1969 (which represents an eternity in a region that is eager to "spruce up appearances" on the regular.) 

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