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Along the Coast: Sea turtle nests up slightly from previous record

Along the Coast: Sea turtle nests up slightly from previous record By Steve Plunkett The competition between beach-goers and sea turtles for a spot in the sand continued to heat up in 2011. Countywide, female loggerheads, greens and leatherbacks dug a record-high 19,552 nests, besting 2010’s

Annual manatee death count shows cold weather an unusually big factor again

A cold-related die-off of manatees in early 2011 set the stage for a third straight year with high numbers of deaths for the species. Biologists with the research arm of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) documented 453 manatee carcasses in state waters in 2011. During

Slow down for manatees migrating to warmer waters

As winter's chill arrives, cold-sensitive manatees begin migrating to warmer waters. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds boaters and personal watercraft operators to slow down and watch out for Florida's official marine mammal. The lumbering, slow-moving manatees

2011 a banner year for 2 Florida sea turtle species

2011 a banner year for 2 Florida sea turtle species

The Florida sea turtle nesting season has come to an end, and there is good news for two of Florida's federally endangered sea turtle species. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and its partners documented a record high annual nest count for green turtles in Florida.

Where sea turtles nest

I am a biologist who, for 29 years, has studied marine turtle nests on the beach at the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, a 21-kilometer stretch of beach on Florida's east coast between Melbourne and Vero Beach, home to nests for three species of turtle. For loggerheads, it is arguably the

Scientists studying sea turtles to gauge health of Lake Worth Lagoon

Scientists studying sea turtles to gauge health of Lake Worth Lagoon

Endangered sea turtles have found an oasis in Palm Beach County, according to biologists in the midst of a Lake Worth Lagoon sea turtle count. Researchers spotted about 100 sea turtles during a week of boat patrols from North Palm Beach to the Boynton Beach Inlet, with most of them concentrated

FWC, partners monitoring birds for avian influenza to protect public health

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Wildlife Services and partner agencies are wrapping up a five-year avian influenza monitoring project. The project was designed to determine if migratory birds carried the Asian strain of the

Report fish kills, even though they’re common this time of year

Report fish kills, even though they’re common this time of year

High temperatures and cloudy, rainy days can spell trouble for fish in Florida's marine and freshwater habitats. These conditions can cause fish kills, which are natural occurrences that typically do not cause permanent damage to the ecosystem or to fish populations. Nevertheless the Florida Fish

Satellite tracking will reveal turtle wanderings

By borrowing the tools of the manicurist's trade, marine biologists have found a way of attaching satellite-tracking tags to turtle hatchlings. The tags will help uncover what turtles get up to in the critical few months after they leave the beach of their birth. "If we know where these

FWC biologists discover new species in Hillsborough fisherman’s catch

Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), along with scientists from California State Polytechnic University, have identified a new marine species found in the Gulf of Mexico. A scientific publication released Thursday officially announced the discovery of