8:03 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

National Park Service Prepares To Search Everglades For 'Lost' Ancient Settlements

The Anhinga Trail at Everglades National Park
Credit nps.gov / National Park Service

Archeologists are heading to the Everglades this week to look for the remnants of a Native American settlement. The National Park Service is trying to find the location of a settlement discovered back in the late 1960’s and then lost.

The Anhinga Trail is located closer to the main entrance of Everglades National Park, where tourists flock each year.

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6:22 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Putnam Calls For Support If Apalachicola Bay Closes

Apalachicola Bay used to supply 90% of the state's oysters - and 10% of the nation's. But with freshwater inflow declining, oyster populations have plummeted.
Credit Farrukh Younus via Flickr

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has put restrictions on the Apalachicola Bay oyster harvest this winter, but it’s also mulling plans to ban harvesting altogether if stocks don’t improve.  Government officials are now calling for financial and educational support if the Commission closes the bay.

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9:24 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Wakulla Springs Included In $25M Restoration Plan Approved By Legislative Panel

A moorhen chick makes its way across a mat of hydrilla at Wakulla Springs.
Credit wfsu ecology blog

Florida legislators signed off Wednesday on $25 million worth of funding for nearly 30 projects intended to improve water quality in the state's springs.

The legislature required the state environmental protection agency to come up with a plan before releasing the dollars. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s says the proposal will impact hundreds of Springs around the state.

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4:45 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Researchers See Growth From Transplanted Corals Off South Florida Coast

Researchers check on the growth of a staghorn coral colony off the coast of South Florida.
Credit FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

Researchers in South Florida say an effort to rebuild coral reefs using coral transplanted from offshore nurseries is looking like a success. Scientists are seeing the first signs of growth from the new coral.

In 2009 the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spearheaded a project to rebuild reefs in Florida’s Keys using coral grown in a nursery.  But setbacks hampered the nursery’s progress so officials reached out to offshore nurseries around the state, to cultivate a new population of coral.

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6:24 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Fla. Wildlife Officials Hope Residents Will Continue Bear, Panther Sightings Momentum

Photos, like this picture of some bear cubs, are the type of pictures Florida Wildlife officials hope residents will upload to help them in their research.
FWC's Flickr account

Florida biologists say thousands of reported public sightings of panthers and black bears are helping them with ongoing research into locating the large mammals. They’re hoping residents will continue to do their part in helping to contribute to the animals’ conservation.

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