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Going, Going, Gone!

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Bob McConville educates readers about Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in his column Stepping Stones.

Dolphin Evolution: Where Did They Come From?

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Bob McConville educates readers about the evolution of dolphins in his colum Stepping Stones.

Beyond the Mangrove Trees

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Bob McConville educates readers about nature beyond the mangroves in his colum Stepping Stones.

Habitat Loss… A Worldwide Danger

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Bob McConville educates readers about habitat loss in his colum Stepping Stones.

Burmese Python Update

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One of the most interesting and diverse ecosystems on earth is the area in South Florida known as the Everglades. What a thrill it must have been to see it 100 years ago! The grass prairies, hardwood hammocks, lakes, rivers and bays teeming with birdlife and a variety of mammals. As Marjory Stoneman Douglas wrote, and James Audubon witnessed, the […]

Who Cooks for You? An Owl?

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Bob McConville educates readers about the Barred Owl in his colum Stepping Stones.

Annual Dolphin Update… A Record Birthing Season

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Bob McConville gives a dolphin update for Marco Island in his column Stepping Stones.

Fish Stories… Or Not!

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I absolutely love it when my wife Cathy and I go out for dinner and the folks at a nearby table, or at the bar, are talking loudly about their recent outdoor escapades, especially fishing. A guy might tell his friends that a grouper he caught was just under the legal limit. One beer later that same fish is now […]

I Think We Need a Bigger Boat!

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Ahhh, it’s Valentines week and love is in the air. All around the globe humans are acting as if they were smitten by love for the very first time. “I love you, my itsy, bitsy baby.” “No, I love you more” is the reply. “No, I love YOU more, my little cuddle kitten.” Even some of the animal kingdom seem […]

A Walk to Remember

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Two issues ago it was a pleasure to inform you about an area just south of San Marco Road on U.S. 41 called the Marsh Trail. It’s a magical place this time of year, with a great variety of birds feeding in the prairies and along the shorelines of the brackish water, dotted with red mangroves and gumbo limbo trees. […]


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