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Sea turtle rescued in Jacksonville Beach

DUVAL COUNTY, Fla. — A sea turtle was rescued Monday morning at Jacksonville Beach after falling into a man-made hole. The mother sea turtle had been making a nest before she fell in the hole, which was about chest deep and 4 to 5 feet wide. The hole was left open by beachgoers. The

All turtles are not equal; the gopher tortoise lives on land so don’t ‘help’ it into water

Last month, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) received three known reports of well-intentioned good Samaritans incorrectly releasing gopher tortoise hatchlings into the ocean. Gopher tortoises cannot swim well and can easily drown. Because gopher tortoises often nest in

Are hawksbill sea turtles moving to Palm Beach County seas?

By Linda Santacruz - Palm Beach Post Staff Writer ? Hawksbill Sea Turtles coming to Palm Beach Florida Hawksbill Project biologist Larry Wood has been researching the endangered sea turtles for 10 years. Larry Wood’s own research shocked him. At the start of his study 10 years ago, he

Biologists Hope For Another Busy Sea Turtle Nesting Season

More sea turtles nest on Florida’s sandy beaches than on any other U.S. coastline. Biologists at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) hope the 2014 nesting season that started March 1 will be as successful as others in recent years.

Wildlife ‘rescues’ can do more harm than good

Winter is finally over. Trees and flowers are blossoming, birds are building nests and critters are being born. This is also the time of year when the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) begins getting calls about “abandoned” animals that folks believe may be in need of

Nesting shorebirds protected at Estero Critical Wildlife Area

Roger Tory Peterson, perhaps the world’s best known bird expert next to John James Audubon, proclaimed Little Estero Island his favorite shorebird viewing area. His observation underscores the importance of the area to imperiled and declining shorebird species that use the southern tip of Fort Myers

Male panther rescued with sister as kittens in 2011 is released

Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) released a male Florida panther Wednesday night at the Rotenberger Wildlife Management Area. The release site is along the borders of Palm Beach, Broward and Hendry counties.

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