October 05, 2010
The horseshoe crab has survived unchanged for approximately 300 million years and existed 100 million years before the dinosaurs.
September 01, 2010
Many of us Floridians don't like to go too long without getting a whiff of salt air. Even those of us living inland are always within an hour or two of one coast or another. We take our lovely white-sand beaches, crystal clear blue water and clear skies dotted with fluffy white clouds for granted.
August 01, 2010
Our wildlife suffered through a cold winter in Florida. We also endured a steamy June. What does it all mean? The temperatures were below normal during the winter and above normal in the spring. It's not rocket science, it's not static, and it is impossible to draw conclusions about climate change with just a few weeks' worth of data.
July 01, 2010
The springs environment hosts species found nowhere else in the world.
June 01, 2010
I find myself unable to write about anything but the oil spill this month as my colleagues at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) prepare for what might happen in the coming weeks. As I prepared to finish the column, scientists concluded that the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is the worst in our nation's history.
May 04, 2010
The National Wildlife Foundation recently published a report stating that spring now arrives 10-14 days earlier than it did 20 years ago. Climate change has been the suspected culprit.
April 01, 2010
What is brown, teeming with life and raked off our beaches frequently? You may be struggling with an answer if the beach you frequent in Florida receives a clean sweep of all debris - both human-made and natural - before you put one big toe on the sand.
March 01, 2010
Nine days of unseasonably cold weather in January hit us Floridians hard; that's for sure. But the most vulnerable ended up being the wildlife, particularly those that live in or near salt water.
February 01, 2010
"Since 1930, the sea has risen 10 inches in Florida," said Reed Noss, a biology professor from the University of Central Florida and organizer of the event. "And 80 percent of southeastern Florida's flood-control structures are failing because of sea level rise, according to the South Florida Water Management District."
January 01, 2010
Despite some of the drama that emerged during the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December, the leaders of the world's major polluters - Brazil, India, China, South Africa and the United States - agreed on a compromise with a nonbinding agreement. Some thought the agreement a good step; others were not so sure.