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02 Feb: Irula tribesmen chase pythons in the Everglades

Renown for their snake-hunting abilities, the Irula tribesmen of India have been hired by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to help hunt and remove Burmese pythons from various areas, including the Everglades.  Within a week, they were able to catch 13 pythons.  FWC hopes that they may be able to learn new methods…

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31 Jan: FPL pipeline, solar push mark new year

Central Florida’s energy picture for 2017 – a mosaic of controversy, new direction and uncertainty for power bills – includes: •The election of President Donald Trump, casting doubt on the steps by Barack Obama to fight climate change, including a proposal to reduce emissions from electric plants such as those owned by the city of…

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30 Jan: Magnificent frigate bird may face bleak future

From time to time, beachgoers along Brevard and Volusia may look high in the sky and spot a very large bird with a distinctive “V” in each wing and a split tail. It’s an aerial virtuoso, the magnificent frigate bird, and Florida expert Ken Meyer fears they are in for tough times unless the species…

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18 Jan: Two new virus-carrying tropical mosquitoes discovered in South Florida

South Florida’s Zika-spreading, dengue-transmitting mosquito population just got a little more crowded. Two new tropical mosquitoes capable of carrying viruses dangerous to humans have been discovered in Homestead and Florida City by University of Florida researchers. The mosquitoes — native to Central and South America and the Greater Antilles — likely arrived on plants, spread…

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14 Jan: Great white sharks caught on video off Florida coast

Satellite Beach angler J.P. Prouty posted these pictures on his Facebook page of a great white shark encountered three days after Christmas off of Brevard County. J.P. Prouty – Facebook Florida, predictably, did not have a white Christmas. But one part of the coast did have a great white holiday. The Canaveral Princess, a party fishing vessel…

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13 Jan: Wild Kingdom: Python beats alligator in epic showdown

WARNING:  CONTAINS IMAGES WHICH SOME PEOPLE MAY FIND DISTURBING. A reporter for the Palm Beach Post who was biking in Big Cypress National Preserve recorded the moment when the two reptiles started a battle for their survival. The event occurred on December 21, 2016. It’s estimated that the snake could be up to 15 feet…

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12 Jan: Massive South Florida reservoir back in spotlight at conference

A massive South Florida reservoir that is key to fixing the Everglades’ faulty plumbing, and has divided water managers and environmentalists, will once again take center stage at an annual meeting on restoration next weekend. Drawing conservationists, politicians and scientists from across the state and Washington, the Fort Myers conference, titled “Three Estuaries, One Solution,”…

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11 Jan: Goulds Pineland Preserve is now completely protected

Thanks to a contribution from TD Bank Forests Program and The Nature Conservancy of Florida Photo courtesy of Armando Paul Rodriguez/Miami-Dade County.  Among those picture are Commissioner Dennis C. Moss; Janet Gil, EEL Program Director; Rodell Collins, Natural Areas Management PROS; Milica Koscica, The Nature Conservancy; Jerry Montgomery, The Nature Conservancy; Pastor Timothy Shellman, Morning…

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10 Jan: Some Keys reefs show hike in coral disease, study finds

Coral reefs in the Florida Keys and South Florida generally avoided a bleaching blight this summer, but some local reefs showed “widespread coral disease.” Underwater surveys conducted by the Florida Reef Resilience Program, from August through October, found “prevalence of diseased corals among the sites in 2016 was greater than what was documented in both…

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08 Jan: Rare longfin mako sharks journey through Keys waters

A rare species of mako shark swims through Florida Keys waters as it roams from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, says a new scientific paper jointly published by researchers with Mote Marine Laboratory and Cuba’s University of Havana. Two longfin makos were tagged with satellite-tracking devices in an effort to learn more…

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06 Jan: Tortoise that acts like a puppy wins hearts at wildlife rehab center

Master Oogway, the newest resident at the Pelican Harbor Seabird Station, is a foot-stool sized South American yellow-footed tortoise. Just don’t tell Master Oogway that. The tortoise, found wandering around Doral by state wildlife officers in October, acts more like a puppy. “He’ll follow you around. He’ll eat out of your hand. You can pet…