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2014-03-05 12:22:00

Recently constructed platform allows eagles to safely flourish in nest VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla., March 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) today announced that a bald eagle has hatched atop the first nesting platform the company constructed for the iconic bird. FPL built an independent pole and platform southwest of Daytona Beach in Volusia County after a bald eagle nest was identified on one of the company's transmission structures....

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2011-03-03 13:26:18

Officials are alarmed by the near-record numbers of manatees that have died in Florida waters in early 2011, which is the second straight year of above-average deaths. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, of the 163 manatee deaths recorded from January 1 to February 25, 91 of them have been blamed on cold water temperatures off the southern U.S. state, where normally temperate weather draws the protected sea creatures during winter months. Manatees live near...

2010-09-30 12:23:00

SILVER SPRING, Md., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- From wild crocodile captures, to run-ins with drunken sailors, to life-or-death swamp rescues, there is no such thing as a boring day at the office for the men and women of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). Planet Green's original docu-series, OPERATION WILD, follows these real law enforcement officers with personalities as big as the Everglades while they protect Florida's delicate and diverse natural ecosystems. The...

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2009-11-06 14:41:42

Officials in Florida say they are seeing more invasive species of snakes entering into the warm semi-tropic climate. "Compounding their risk to native species and ecosystems is that these snakes mature early, produce large numbers of offspring, travel long distances, and have broad diets that allow them to eat most native birds and mammals," Gordon Rodda, scientist at the Fort Collins Science Center, told AFP. Rodda recently issued a report to the US Geological Survey noting that there...

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2009-02-25 13:06:39

An experiment has been launched by Florida wildlife managers to see if they can keep crocodiles from returning to residential neighborhoods. It is hoped that their "homing" abilities will be disrupted by placing magnets on their heads. According to a report in a biology newsletter by researchers at Mexico's Crocodile Museum in Chiapas, there was some success with the method, using it to permanently relocate 20 of the reptiles since 2004. "We said, 'Hey, we might as well give this a try',"...

2008-07-23 03:00:35

By Reich, A Blackmore, C; Hopkins, R; Lazensky, R; Geib, K; Ngo- Seidel, E A "red tide" is a harmful algal bloom that occurs when toxic, microscopic algae in seawater proliferate to a higher-thannormal concentration (i.e., bloom), often discoloring the water red, brown, green, or yellow. Red tides can kill fish, birds, and marine mammals and cause illness in humans (1). Florida red tide is caused by the dinoflagellate Karenia brevis, which produces toxins called brevetoxins and is most...

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2008-06-24 10:01:29

Multi-agency effort a collaborative success in integrated ecosystem assessment A team of 38 research divers from the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, NOAA Fisheries Service, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the National Park Service, REEF, and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington recently completed a successful 20-day biennial census to measure how the protected status of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary's...

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2008-04-20 18:00:00

The number of Loggerhead sea turtle nests on Florida beaches is on a steady decline, leaving wildlife officials concerned for the animal's safety. Anne Meylan, an official for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said 4,692 of the 45,084 loggerhead nests counted last year in Florida are now gone. Florida accounts for 90 percent of the nation's loggerhead nests, which have decreased by nearly half since 1998, when the state reported 85,988 nests. Statistics show loggerhead...

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2008-03-03 16:45:00

Like many northerners who head south to warmer climates for the winter, many Northern right whales also head south in November and stay into April. Their destination is the only known calving ground for this rare and endangered population"”the waters off Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. When they arrive, NOAA scientists are there to greet them, and to take DNA samples.Although they are large animals, finding them in the ocean is not easy. "Like people, they don't all congregate in...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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