In spending time close to the ocean, we get reminded of its beauty, its importance and its vulnerability. So much is discarded into our oceans … from oil spills, chemical discharges, to trash dumps, littering and fishing gear left behind; our oceans are in danger.
The holidays are imminent, and it feels like the year flew by in a sneeze. Hard to believe we are being catapulted into Thanksgiving and we've been inundated ad-nauseam with Christmas decor before the trick-a-treaters have left our doorstep. No doubt a segue into the commercialized bombardme…
Due to ample rainfall and low, flat terrain, Florida is more than 31 percent wetlands. The largest subtropical wetland ecosystem in North America exists in southern Florida, namely the Everglades. It is a large region of sawgrass marshland with mostly freshwater.
When settlers arrived in the region that would become Florida, they encountered an ideal climate, a variety of soils, and plentiful rainfall. These newcomers anticipated cultivated plants to thrive.
Spinning tales about the evolution of medicine from plants. Indigenous Native Americans developed natural remedies extracted from plants to mitigate illnesses
Dedicated Americans have saved and protected certain areas of our country for all to appreciate. As Woody Guthrie (1912-1967) declares in song, “This Land Is Your Land.”
Since 1950, the world has produced more than 8.3 billion tons of plastic. About 60 percent of that plastic has ended up in either a landfill or the natural environment – in our streets, in our waters.
Many of Florida’s wild creatures occupy natural habitats, but some venture among people. In recent years, these encounters have become more prevalent due to human encroachment upon pristine territories.
Two captains, 16 teams, 64 players and a taste for victory competed in a head-to-head Ryder Cup matchup at Viera East Golf Club as part of the Viera East Men's Golf Association..
In the past, animal skins were processed to provide essentials such as shelter, clothing and footwear. Today, they often are produced as luxury items.
As another year begins, it is time to reaffirm our faith in building a better world and looking further into the future. We do not know what the future holds, but we know that what we do every day makes a difference. In the words of Jane Goodall, “we have to decide what kind of difference we…
Wild creatures are inadvertently harmed when humans apply poison baits, pesticides and insecticides or discard trash inadequately. Yet, there are safe alternatives.
Since reading Rachel Carson’s "Silent Spring," I have never looked at industries or government regulations the same way. The book revealed a side of insecticide DDT unknown to the public. Carson weaved together isolated cases to paint the full picture of how chemicals were affecting wildlife…
Spinning tales about tracking devices for wild animals, vertebrates and invertebrates are vital to the planet. To ensure their survival, various devices are placed on these creatures to obtain and analyze invaluable information on habitat, movement, migration, mortality and more.
Spinning tales about the killdeer, which is an attractive shore bird. Both male and female are similar: brown and white coloration with distinctive black bands on the breast and head. Yet, the piercing call, after which it is named, frequently confirms its identity.
Spinning tales about top sugar crops. In this country, sugar crops benefit the economy. They provide trade, labor, beneficial or enjoyable by-products, and sweet edibles.
Certain animals express themselves in dance. This behavior might be intended for mating or communicating, or it might be rhythmic release.
Historically, wild animals accessories were utilized to decorate headdresses. This practice was feasible when animals were plentiful.
Spinning tales about protecting Florida wildlife and environments. In Florida, there is concern for all wildlife whether is it a flourishing, threatened or an endangered animal or plant.
We were lucky this summer. Remember last year, when there was more rain. That sparked algae blooms in the Indian River Lagoon, Blue Cypress Lake and on both coasts.