Environment

Environment
5:00 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Key West Wildlife Center Helps Birds Of A Feather Flock Together

Key West Wildlife Center
LHatter WFSU News

Florida is famous for its plants and animals so it stands to reason a state built on tourism would fight invasive species to keep its native populations going strong. But in Key West, birds of many feathers, flock together.

The Key West Wildlife Center is tucked behind a large group of palm trees, in a shady parking lot across from a busy beach. But it’s little corner of paradise is drastically different from the short island shrubs and hot pavement spread right out in front of it.

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Environment
4:12 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Old-Time Fishers Worry Oyster Cages Could Lock Up Profits

More than 7,000 cages wait to be filled with oysters for Wakulla Environmental Institute's aquaculture school.
Credit R.Benk / WFSU-News

    

A quarter of a million dollars doesn’t seem like much for a state that has an almost $80 billion budget. But, one particular environmental school has its fingers crossed, hoping Governor Rick Scott approves its relatively tiny small appropriation. It’s money the school’s officials say could help save a $71 million Florida industry.

Bob Ballard carefully swings open the door to a large room and flips on the light switch. Half of the area’s space is taken up by thousands of cylindrical oyster cages – stacked passed the room’s large windows and touching the ceiling.

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Environment
10:00 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Sea Turtle Nesting Season Begins As Population Rebounds

The leatherback sea turtle is the largest living turtle. An adult can weigh as much as 1500 pounds.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Thursday marks the beginning of the loggerhead, leatherback and green turtle’s six month nesting season and wildlife officials are warning people to steer clear of potential nests to prevent scaring the parents back into the ocean before laying their eggs.

Gainesville’s Sea Turtle Conservancy is the largest sea turtle nonprofit in Florida. Its Policy Coordinator, Gary Appelson confirms the endangered, seafaring reptiles’ population is rebounding – mostly a result of their status under the Endangered Species Act.

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Environment
4:11 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Can Modified Rain Gardens Grow Clean Water Consensus?

FAMU scientist Jennifer Cherrier's modified rain gardens were first built at Clinton Nurseries in Havana, Florida.
R.Benk WFSU-News

Going into Florida’s 2014 legislative session, water issues seemed to take center stage. But, the political will to solve problems with the state’s degrading springs, wetlands and aquifers dried up before session’s end. Now, one Tallahassee scientist is hoping to bridge the political divide with a free market solution.

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Environment
5:14 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

House And Senate Environmental Regulation Reforms Drift Farther Apart

Dead trees and standing water comprise most of this bufferzone along a Wakulla wetland.
R.Benk WFSU-News

Both chambers of the Florida Legislature are trying to push through reforms to the way the state regulates the environment. Some call the proposals an affront to local sovereignty, while others call the move common sense. But increasing differences between the Senate and House versions of the measure are leading some to question whether it has a chance of passing this session.

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