Environment

Red Tide = Dead Tide?


Over the Thanksgiving weekend, four dead dolphins were towed from Marco Island beaches, along with a mature dead male loggerhead sea turtle. It was also reported that about 15 dead dolphins also washed ashore in Naples during this same timeframe. According to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), “There was a spike of 22 bottlenose dolphin mortalities over the holiday […]

Prescribed Fires Planned in Big Cypress


Southwest Florida & Caribbean Interagency Fire and Aviation are planning to conduct fuel treatments in Big Cypress National Preserve during this upcoming prescribed fire season. They will be targeting the areas identified on the accompanying maps. Implementation of all prescribed fires will be weather and resource dependent. Additional notifications and updated maps will be sent out prior to ignitions. If […]

December at Rookery Bay


December is a busy time at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, with a variety of educational classes and events taking place each week. The following classes require registration unless otherwise noted. Visit www.rookerybay.org for more information. Essentials of Digital Photography  | December 10 from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM If you want to get the best pictures possible, and truly understanding […]

Meet Your Area Dolphins


The Research Team on board the Dolphin Explorer is happy to share information about your area dolphins with the Coastal Breeze News readers. Each edition an individual will be profiled so that you, too, might get to know them. Dolphins can be identified by the nicks and marks on their dorsal fins. Meet Tess and Nadine In the photograph, the […]

Lake ‘O’ Reservoir…Is It Still a Go?

Stepping Stones


For several years there has been talk, and hope, that a reservoir would be built to alleviate the releases of water from Lake Okeechobee into the St Lucie and Caloosahatchee Rivers. These discharges constantly bring unwanted nutrients from the lake which flow all the way to the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean, having a negative, and sometimes deadly, effect […]

Students Gain Appreciation of Our Underwater World


Seacrest Country Day School students recently gained a glimpse into the wonders and importance of the world’s oceans through the eyes of Sylvia Earle of National Geographic. Earle, National Geographic’s Rosemary and Roger Enrico Chair for Ocean Exploration, recently addressed second through 12th grade students at the school. She fielded questions at the conclusion of her remarks, and also toured […]

Classes for Bird Lovers


Learn more about our local birds in classes at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Birds of the Beach on December 15 from 8 AM – 12 PM ($40). Adam DiNuovo of Audubon Florida will discuss the life history of migrating and wintering shorebirds. Learn how to ID winter shorebirds. Classroom session takes place at the Rookery Bay Field Station, […]

Giving Thanks… For Baby Dolphins

Stepping Stones


Now that you’ve sat down and enjoyed that turkey dinner, spent time with family and given thanks for all that you have, it’s time to be thankful for one more thing. When expressing our gratitude this time of year we often forget to look “outside of the box” and appreciate some of the signs and signals that remind us we […]

Meet Your Area Dolphins


The Research Team on board the Dolphin Explorer is happy to share information about your area dolphins with the Coastal Breeze News readers. Each edition an individual will be profiled so that you, too, might get to know them. Dolphins can be identified by the nicks and marks on their dorsal fins. Meet Anji Turning five years old this fall, […]

Year End Roundup… Already?

Stepping Stones
Master Naturalist

Holy Moly! What an astounding year we’ve had in South Florida! It seems like events began in September of 2017 when Hurricane Irma passed directly over Marco Island and never quit. During the next 14 months, the surprises just kept on coming, with no apparent end in sight. Let’s take a look at what we experienced, both good and bad. […]


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