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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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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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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…

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04 Jan: Radio collars latest weapon in Key deer screwworm outbreak

Federal wildlife managers will begin putting radio collars on Key deer battling an outbreak of New World screwworm in an effort to stop the flesh-eating pest from spreading during the spring fawning season. The outbreak, the first in the U.S. in 30 years, struck as the fall mating season got underway and quickly spread through…

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31 Dec: Friendly tortoise makes home for himself among the birds

A super-friendly, yellow-footed tortoise from South America has made a lasting home for himself at an unusual place – a rehabilitation hospital for injured birds. The tortoise, who has been named Master Oogway, by the the volunteers at the Pelican Harbor Seabird Station, is the only non-native species that has been given a permanent home…

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11 Dec: Gator takes a bite out of duck hunter in the Everglades

Duck hunter in the Everglades. Gator in his turf. Guess what happens next? The alligator bit the still unidentified 50-year-old duck hunter on the left thigh in the Florida Everglades while he was hunting Friday afternoon, November 25th, 2016. “He was walking through the area when he bumped into an 8- to 10-foot alligator and…

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15 Nov: New weapon deployed in battle to stop Key deer screwworm outbreak

A trail camera captured an image of a Key deer feeding at a medication station. The stations are baited with sweet feed to attract deer so rollers can apply an anti parisitic to repel screwworms. U.S.Fish and Wildlife Service Wildlife officials racing to protect endangered Key deer from a grisly outbreak of screwworm flies have…