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Environment
4:09 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Lake Worth Lagoon's Ecotourism Increases As Water Quality Improves

Lake Worth Lagoon faces many challenges, like pollution, stormwater runoff, muck deposition and habitat loss.
Credit Jessica Meszaros / WLRN

For more than 20 years, Palm Beach County has worked to improve Lake Worth Lagoon -- a 20-mile body of water stretching from North Palm Beach to Boynton Beach. It’s the county’s largest estuary and also infamous for its polluted past.

The county hosted its third lagoon boat tour in late January to showcase several projects improving the lagoon and helping the county’s ecotourism.

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Environment
10:52 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Paddling Florida's Iconic Springs with the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition

Expedition member Joe Guthrie dives into Manatee Springs, along with photographer Carlton Ward Jr.

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 11:00 am

WUSF is following the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition as they bike, hike and kayak from Central Florida through the Panhandle to the Alabama state line. The three conservationists recently paddled down the Withlacoochee River from the Green Swamp to the Gulf Coast. We  tagged along with them for a trip back to primeval Florida - paddling down one of the state's most pristine springs.

 

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Audubon Florida
1:55 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Wading Birds: The Canary In The Coal Mine?

Low water conditions because of the drought in Everglades Conservation area 2B west of Markham Park in Sunrise provide easy pickings for wading birds.Blue Herons, egrets, white herons, woodstorks, black crowned night herons and cormorants are several of the species of birds that are enjoying the feast in the area on April 28,2011.Here woodstorks gather on the dike on the south side of the conservation area.
Credit Joe Rimkus Jr. / Miami Herald Staff

It's not a canary or a coal mine in Florida, but the idea from Audubon of Florida is the same. Wading birds hold the same function as the canary, and in this case the coal mine is the Everglades. Tabitha Cale with the society says things are dire.

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Environment
5:35 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Gov. Rick Scott Announces Budget Plan For Florida Panthers, Everglades

Credit Jessica Meszaros / WLRN

Governor Rick Scott spoke to reporters with a caged Florida panther present Tuesday at Gator Park in Miami. He announced that $150 million will go toward Everglades restoration this year and $5 billion throughout the next 20 years. Part of the plan he announced funds projects to protect panthers-- 2014 was a bad year for panther deaths. The other part is to move, clean and store Florida’s water supply.

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Environment
12:46 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Keys College, Mote Marine Lab Form New Partnership

Jonathan Gueverra, left, president of Florida Keys Community College, and Michael Crosby, CEO of Mote Marine Laboratory, recently made the partnership of the two institutions official.
Credit Amber Ernst-Leonard / Florida Keys Community College

Florida Keys Community College, the state’s southernmost institution of higher education, has recently formed a new partnership with Mote Marine Laboratory. Mote is headquartered in Sarasota and has six facilities throughout the state, including one on Summerland Key.

Mote scientists will teach courses at the college, and FKCC students will apprentice at the marine lab, giving them real world experience.

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Knight Cities Challenge
12:35 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Miami Forager Wants To Hand Out Free Fruit Trees

Tifanny Noe wants to share her love of fruit trees with the community.
Credit Quinn Dombrowski / Flickr

Recently, the Knight Foundation released the finalists for its first Knight Cities Challenge.

 

The foundation was looking for proposals to make more than two dozen communities around the country better places to live and work, and 10 of the 126 finalists come from Miami.

Tiffany Noé is one of those finalists. She owns a small urban farm in Miami called the Little River Cooperative.

Her idea is to provide the public with free fruit trees.

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Environment
12:07 am
Fri January 23, 2015

The Debate Over Richmond Pine Rockland

Richmond Pine Rockland is located on the 125th block of southwest 152nd street.
Credit Jessica Meszaros / WLRN

Protesters gathered at the Zoo Miami parking lot this past weekend to rally against development on Richmond Pine Rockland that neighbors the zoo. It’s one of the last intact pine rocklands in Miami-Dade County.

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Environment
1:56 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

South Florida Researcher To Sit With Michelle Obama For SOTU Speech

Nicole Hernandez Hammer, Florida Field Manager for Moms Clean Air Force
Credit whitehouse.gov

A South Florida sea-level rise researcher will have one of the best seats in the house for the President’s State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Nicole Hernandez Hammer of Boca Raton will be one of First Lady Michelle Obama’s invited guests.

Hernandez Hammer says her research shows that cities and regions most vulnerable to the effects of climate change and sea-level rise also have large Hispanic populations.

“Most people don’t know about our vulnerability. That was really eye-opening and encouraged me to go into advocacy,” she says.

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Environment
6:18 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Wilderness Island Attracts Wildlife — And Party Crowd

The sandy beach and serene atmosphere at Boca Grande makes the island attractive to wildlife like sea turtles — and boaters looking for a place to party.
Credit U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

The islands west of Key West have been designated as a national wildlife refuge since 1908, when Teddy Roosevelt created the Key West National Wildlife Refuge. The intent was to protect birds from plume-hunters who were killing them for feathers to adorn ladies' hats.

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Environment
7:00 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Supporters Want Solar Choice On 2016 Ballot

Solar energy supporters are trying to get a proposed constitutional amendment on the 2016 ballot. If they succeed, they’ll need at least 60 percent of the vote for it to pass.
Credit Mike Ray/flickr

A petition drive now underway in Florida would get a solar power amendment on the ballot in 2016. If voters approve the proposal, individuals who use the sun to generate electricity would be able to sell that electricity.

For now, only Florida’s utility companies can do that.

Supporters must collect 683,149 signatures to get the proposal before voters. At least 60 percent of voters must approve the amendment for it to be placed in the Constitution.

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Environment
1:41 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

How To Deal With Florida's Growing Panther Population

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Everglades Coalition wrapped up its 30th annual conference in Key Largo this past weekend. A panel discussion Saturday revealed that Florida’s endangered panthers are actually growing in numbers.

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Science
12:41 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

International Space Station Visible From Miami Thursday Morning

The International Space Station.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Celestially minded Miamians (and anyone else interested) will be able to view the International Space Station (ISS) with the naked eye Thursday morning, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

NASA’s “Spot the Station” widget identifies specific dates and times that the ISS will be visible without a telescope.

These windows, however, are narrow — the next opportunity for viewing the ISS will occur Thursday at 5:47 a.m., and it will only be visible for two minutes.

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News
11:44 am
Fri January 2, 2015

New Year Marks End Of Florida Hurricane Tax Assessment

Credit Flickr/CreativeCommons/tax credits.net

As Floridians ring out the old and ring in the new for 2015, there’s one thing they can say “farewell” to: a tax on their insurance bills that goes toward paying hurricane damage claims.

Insurance policies issued or renewed after Jan. 1, 2015, will no longer include the hurricane tax for the Florida Catastrophe Fund. The charge shows up on most insurance bills including homeowner and auto insurance policies.

But watchdog groups are urging policyholders to check their insurance bills, anyway. 

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Environment
11:34 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Everglades National Park Seeking "Citizen Scientists" For Bird Count

The purple gallinule, one of dozens of bird species spotted in Everglades National Park.
Credit Flickr/CreativeCommons/Bruce Tuten

 

How’d you like to become a citizen scientist and help conservation efforts in the Everglades?

Every other Saturday from Jan. 3, 2015 until late March, Everglades National Park will host its Big Day Birding Adventure.

Novice and experienced birders alike will be asked to spend the day counting birds within the varied habitats of the park -- from freshwater marsh to mangrove swamp.

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Environment
12:45 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Miami-Dade Wants Land Including Rare Forest Declared Blighted

This Bartram’s hairstreak is one of two pine rockland butterflies that were added to the Endangered Species List in September, which also protects their pineland habitat.
Credit Roger Hammer / Miami Herald

To wildlife managers, the pine rockland surrounding Zoo Miami represents what could be a last stand for the embattled forest, the biggest swath found outside the protected confines of Everglades National Park and a rare tract that has withstood the decades-long onslaught of development in South Florida.

But to a Miami-Dade County consultant, the land is a slum.

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