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Treating Active Military to Paradise

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Imagine returning from an active tour of duty overseas, anxious to spend some quality time with the ones you love, and then the phone rings. Without hesitation you explain to your family that your country needs you and you must leave… again. This is a lifestyle for active servicemen in the U.S. Army. For Sgt. Jhonnie Alvarado it became a […]

Red Tide vs. Marine Animals – And the winner is…

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This summer it seems like the algal bloom known as Red Tide just does not want to go away. It is hard to recall a time earlier in the year that it was not present in South Florida and its longevity is taking a toll on area marine animals. This harmful algae bloom (HAB) occurs when microscopic algae multiply to […]

Burmese Python Update

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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 […]

How is Our Dolphin Population Doing?

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Join Bob on Monday, July 16th, at the Marco Island Historical Society’s Rose Auditorium as he presents his semi-annual update of our local dolphin friends. Learn about our yearlings, juveniles, males and females with all new photos from the past few months. Start time is 7PM. Admission is free to MIHS members and only $10 for guests. Everybody loves dolphins. […]

Florida Beaches vs. Lake Okeechobee

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It’s a hot topic of conversation among politicians, farmers, tourists and tour operators… What’s with all of this brown water at our area beaches? There’s nothing new about it; this problem has plagued coastal residents and visitors for some time. But where does it start, how did it get to the beaches and what the heck are “nutrients?” Water releases […]

Do Hurricanes Affect Our Bird Population?

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I’m sitting at my desk, writing this article and looking at the wind and rain outside my window as tropical storm Alberto is passing by South Florida. Mother Nature…what are you doing? It’s not even June and you are throwing tropical rain conditions at us already! Be nice!!! Some humans are still recovering from Hurricane Irma that made landfall on […]

‘Tis The SEA-SON For Sea Turtles

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Not teenage, not mutant, not ninja, just turtles. Sea turtles, and lots of them, are on their way to Florida’s many beaches. From Sarasota and Collier counties on the west coast to Broward County on northward to Volusia County on the east coast, thousands of these air-breathing reptiles are now laying their eggs in our state. Sea turtles are among […]

Diaphragmatic Breathing to Reduce Stress


Breathing is the basis of both life and all relaxation activities. One of the great ironies of breathing is how important it is yet how little attention we pay to it. Although breathing is our biological and spiritual connection to the universe we usually take it completely for granted. In a sense, every time you breathe you recycle the very […]

On the Move…Gators and Crocs

“I went on my morning walk today and saw five alligators in our community lakes!” “Well I was driving my car and saw six, count ‘em, six gators in the canals along Collier Boulevard!” These types of posts and conversations are dominating social media and neighborhood talk these days. Yep, we are in mating season and alligators are on the […]

‘Tis the Season to Watch For Birds

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Be sure to join Bob on April 16th at 7 PM as he talks about the birds we find in the Marco Island/ Western Everglades areas. His guest will be Jim Murray, formerly with Florida Sea Grant and NOAA, a proficient birder who has identified more than 600 different species. The venue is the Marco Island Historical Society’s Rose History […]

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