This is a guest post from Trisha White at the National Wildlife Federation. Thanks to smartphones and applications (apps), we can easily swipe and tap for everything we need right from the comfort of our couch and have it delivered to our door. From food to friends to fantasy vacations, we humans now have it all at our fingertips. But wildlife can’t be slackers–no one delivers to a nest or den. Turtles don’t have Tinder to find mates, they… Continue reading
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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.
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
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
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