Tag Archives: Florida

Climate Change is Already Harming Imperiled Wildlife

In early January, one of the worst cold snaps in years hit Florida. Temperatures lingered around freezing in Brevard County, which is home to many Florida manatees. In a canal in Satellite Beach, nature fought back against the cold – in the form of hundreds of Florida manatees cuddling together for warmth.

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A whole bunch of ocean life is about to die

Have you ever been to New Mexico? Pretty big place, huh? Imagine if one day, out of nowhere, someone went to New Mexico and just bulldozed the entire thing to the ground. This stranger comes in and starts ripping resources from the Earth, killing any inhabitant in the way. Well that is exactly what is about to happen in the Gulf of Mexico. In October 2017, the Interior Department of the Trump Administration proposed an auction of the largest amount… Continue reading

What Will Happen To The Manatee Now That It’s No Longer Considered Endangered?

By Emily Folk We want to see the manatee population rebound to a point where they can be taken off the  endangered species list. But has it really reached that point? As some are celebrating their downlisting status from endangered to threatened as a victory, others think it’s the wrong choice. The Campaign to Slash Protections Was Initiated by an Anti-Wildlife Group. We’ve known that manatees have been slowly recovering for a number of years. But they remained protected as… Continue reading

Endangered Species Act Bringing Green Sea Turtles Back in Florida

This is a guest post by Elizabeth Fleming, the Florida Representative for Defenders of Wildlife. On a recent moonlit evening, Shannon Miller, Florida Program Coordinator, and I were fortunate to be able to accompany professor emeritus Dr. Llewellyn Ehrhart and several graduate students from the University of Central Florida (UCF) to observe sea turtles nesting on Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). Dr. Ehrhart and his team have conducted annual nest monitoring studies in the refuge between Melbourne Beach and… Continue reading