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New signs for birding, wildlife viewing trail something to sing about

There are new signs of economic opportunity and natural wonders in south Florida. Tourists and residents in 11 southern Florida counties may have noticed that directional signs for the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail (GFBWT) were popping up all over the place. The signs direct traffic

Seabird deaths along Florida’s east coast appear migration-related

Researchers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) have received reports of more than 150 dead or distressed greater shearwaters, gull-like birds, along Florida’s east coast in Brevard, Indian River, St. Johns and Volusia counties this week. After examining some of the

Leatherback sea turtle on beach in Ocean Ridge

Leatherback sea turtle on beach in Ocean Ridge

An endangered leatherback sea turtle made a rare daylight appearance on the beach in Ocean Ridge in an attempt to leave her eggs

Palm Beach County targets lights endangering sea turtles — miles inland

Dimming the lights along the coastline hasn't been enough to save endangered sea turtles, so now plans are afoot to lower the lights at everything from car dealerships to football stadiums miles from shore in Palm Beach County. The proposed dim zone could stretch all the way to Interstate 95 in

Beachgoers can help biologists monitor spawning horseshoe crabs

As spring arrives, horseshoe crabs converge along sandy beaches throughout the state to mate. Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) are asking the public for help pinpointing the sites where these horseshoe crabs spawn. Beachgoers are likely to have the best

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