Environment

Rookery Bay Research Partners With Universities


Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve announces new collaborations with Duke University and the University of South Florida (USF) to conduct research on Rookery Bay lands and waters. The projects are supported by two National Estuarine Research Reserve System Science Collaborative catalyst grants of $114,000 to Duke University and $182,000 to USF. “These projects will provide important information about ecosystem […]

OUR NESTS ARE HATCHING

Keeping Tigertail Beach Clean


On a bright, sunny Saturday morning, July 14, 34 dedicated volunteers spent two hours sprucing up Tigertail Beach for the quarterly clean-up sponsored by Friends of Tigertail. Joining the group were Katie O’Hara, the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce, KC McCall from the Marco Island Civic Association (MICA), and Tonia Selmeski, the newly […]

A Hidden Gem: Ginnie Springs


Florida is well known for its beaches and outdoor nature activities. Tucked away from the coastal lines exists a private natural spring park called Ginnie Springs just six miles outside the city of High Springs, Florida. This hidden gem is located along the Santa Fe River and highlights Florida’s northern central nature scene. Privately owned and operated since 1976, Ginnie […]

Burmese Python Update

Stepping Stones


Mating season is now over and, without a doubt, hundreds, if not thousands, of Burmese python hatchlings are getting their first taste of life here in South Florida. This invasive species of snake has flourished from Miami on the east coast all the way to Collier County and even into parts of the Florida Keys. When I asked a Park […]

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 Halfway This adult female is one of […]

Sea Turtle Update


   SEA TURTLE WEEKLY UPDATE AS OF JULY 9, 2018 TO REPORT A DEAD, INJURED OR DISORIENTED SEA TURTLE ON MARCO CALL: 239-289-9736 OR 239-289-9687.

Emergency Order Halts Discharge from Lake Okeechobee


  Governor Rick Scott has issued an emergency order in Glades, Hendry, Lee, Martin, Okeechobee, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties to help combat algal blooms caused by Lake Okeechobee water discharges from the Army Corps of Engineers. This emergency declaration allows the Department of Environmental Protection and the South Florida Water Management District to waive various restrictions and regulations […]

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 Capri Capri was named after the Isles […]

Plasticity, Not Plastics, in Diet of Kemp’s Ridley Turtles



The Conservancy of Southwest Florida was recently awarded a research grant from the Sea Turtle Grants Program. Conservancy Research Manager Dr. Jeff Schmid, Mr. Greg Curry of Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, and Dr. Jeff Seminoff with NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center will continue their collaborative studies on the role of Kemp’s ridley turtles in the estuarine food web […]


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