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End Year 2011
Happy New Year
December 27, 2011
Johnny Sees the World
What a great story to end the year with.......
A young Endangered Kemps' Ridley
Turtle may need a passport soon after
years of touring the world in search of medical treatment.
This little world
traveler was given a name along the way by one of his many new admirers
and has become pretty well known in Reptile Rehab
Several International groups worked really hard to make all of this
happen for "Johnny"
who became a pet project and now heads to Florida on the final
leg of his
long journey of healing to the MOTE Marine Laboratory in
If you would like to watch Johnny's new adventures after his
just click on his name and agree to be good~
Turtle Stranded in 2008 to be Released by MOTE
December 24, 2011
Today, while listening to the sweet Christmas music on my radio and
finishing the last bits of food for tonight, my mind
contemplated the year just passed.
There has been some progress made this year for Endangered
Wildlife in Florida,
but, not all of the news was good.
In spite of the many, many letters written to those with all
of the control over the wild things
that I care so much for here, I see that the world is still the same today,
nothing has really changed for the better or shockingly, the
What I will take away from this lesson in life is that, I cannot, by myself,
change the things that affect the Endangered Wildlife in
I am only one person with a big mouth and a computer.
But, I can be a part of a considerably vocal group of
Floridians who simply have one wish
and that is to see that our Endangered Wildlife are given the chance to
without negative, human impact or interference.
Maybe next year we will come a little closer to that
Here's looking forward to a wonderful 2012.
Merry Everything to Everyone and
of course, Peace on Earth.
December 21, 2011
Poaching Coral From the Florida Keys
If you have ever been down to our
Florida Keys, then you already
know what a pristine
beauty the entire area is.
One of the most Endangered parts of
the Keys is the Coral Reef,
and it is the only one in the United States.
The people involved in this crime knew exactly what they were doing,
as well as the precarious state of the Ecosystem
that the stolen property inhabits.
If these thieves are not dealt with severely, others in this illicit trade will not be deterred,
quite the opposite, they will take any light sentence as a
green light to continue stealing.
As the story points out, most of the stolen coral dies in shipping, just as with
the Ghost Orchid.
these Endangered species do well away from their natural habitats.
So, in the end, it is all for nothing, with fewer and fewer of these living
remaining on our planet for future generations to enjoy.
Coral Dealers Caught In Federal Sting
December 18, 2011
What Not Making the Right List Means for Animals at the End of the
When two of the most respected scientific sources not only
but also offer pretty much the same solution to a problem,
those who care for wildlife must pay attention.
This week, both the Scientific American and the Center for
Biological Diversity have come
to a consensus about the ESA List and the animals not on it.
They both believe that the animals who do not make the ESA
but remain only on the IUCN Red List, are at peril.
The fact is that those on the ESA List, get both the money and
the muscle needed
to protect them, those on only the IUCN List do not.
While these animals wait to be upgraded to a place where they
may find some safety and
have a chance to make it, many may die or become extinct
languishing on the wrong List.
Once again, the United States lags behind the rest of the world in
its attitude towards
threatened animal species and remains buried in paperwork.
Lives are at stake and we must end this bureaucratic bungling.
Could it be that the reason behind all of this delay is once
Moving animals onto the ESA List, means that more money will need to
to these new members and a lot
of money will need to be spent
by a country already in an economic freefall.
New Study: 75% of U.S. Animals Lack Protection
US Exempts Species
December 14, 2011
My Beautiful Longleaf Pines
Life here in Florida can often be a somewhat mixed blessing.
While we do have spectacular wildlife to be seen at nearly
the scary part is that their habitats and their lives are
just as quickly as humans and machines can do so.
Point in case, the ancient, critically
endangered longleaf pines.
A hundred years ago, these trees were a canopy so deep that they
nearly all of the lands of the American Southeast.
Today, they have just a last few bastions of hope here in
Each time that we pass a logging truck near our home in
the Ocala Forest,
usually with a Georgia license plate, loaded down
with pine trees on their way
to becoming chemically mixed pellets for heating, fireplaces
I wonder if the drivers knew which trees were the ones that
were not supposed to be cut.
These priceless pine trees were also once the only home of some
very endangered birds,
like the red cockaded woodpecker, the ivory billed woodpecker
who chose this particular tree for the specific needs it
provided for them.
And, with each tree that falls, goes another creature who will
eventually become homeless.
It is not like there are no other trees to cut down because
there are so many.
These once proud sentinels of our past, must be allowed to survive,
because when they are all gone, like the Ghost Bird, or
Ivory Billed Woodpecker, will it matter that we could have
and should have made other, smarter choices?
We cannot continue in this blind, mindless rampage on our
In the end we will all lose.
Fish and Wildlife Foundation Aims To Save Longleaf Pines
Pine Tree Pellets
Wood to Energy: Use of the Forest
Biomass for Wood Pellets
December 11, 2011
The Title Should Read Nuisance Homeowners!
Just reading the title of this story in the Orlando Sentinel gives me chills.
This type of thinking is why Black
Bears in Florida end up being killed by State Officials.
The problem is that some really stupid homeowners do all of
the wrong things and
then cry to authorities to come save them from the terrible
beasts in their yards.
If these stupid people would stop leaving these food sources
out in their back yards,
the Bears would stop coming.
People have been reported to having left whole animal
and all kinds of pet/animal foods out at night which is a
great, convenient, source of food for a hungry Bear.
Bears also really love bird seed, so will knock down any type
of feeder to get at it.
Bears will always follow the food!
Please, keep it locked up or inside at night and save the life
of a Bear!
*FYI, the final Black Bear Public
Workshop Management, or discussion meeting is
December 13th at 6 PM at the City Hall,
200 East University Ave. in Gainesville.
If you live in the area, perhaps you may
wish to drop by and see just what is being planned
for the future of Florida's only
Bear, our beautiful Black Bear.
Nuisance Black Bears
December 8, 2011
Does Living in the Waters of a Nuclear Plant Come With
It must be brought up again, as when the
Manatees at Crystal
River, were doing the same,
is the water flowing out of this or any Nuclear Power Plant safe?
I have frequently been concerned that Manatees were being put
at a risk, which could result in
even minute genetic/DNA alterations, or other detrimental
affects from the water at Crystal River,
and was assured by a Florida Biologist, that the water was
perfectly safe for them.
But, I had my doubts.
Now that Crocodiles are
mimicking the Manatees at Turkey Point in
I once again
would like to have any Biologist in this state assure the public
that there is absolutely no radiation in the waters that these
Threatened and/or Endangered Mammals are residing in.
Still, I still have my doubts.
Biologists Monitor Crocodiles at Nuclear Plant
December 5, 2011
For the Florida Panther,
Sometimes Humans Can Do Good Deeds
The Florida Panther is the
single most Endangered Animal in the US, maybe even
in the World and it is finally getting the break it
needs in Southwest Florida to stay alive.
Car collisions have always been the number one killer of the
Panther and this new Wildlife Crossing,
paid for by City Gate, in their habitat in Collier County, is
their single best hope for survival.
The Crossing was finished in May of this year and has already
been shown to be a success,
and now in the final step of this plan to save our Panthers,
has agreed to take over its upkeep.
It all looks good for the Florida Panther and other wildlife
in the area, who now have a safer
alternative to crossing the road, than meeting a speeding car in the middle
of the road in the dark.
Collier Officials Take Over Upkeep of Wildlife Crossing
December 2, 2011
Is Wal-Mart Chairman Really the Worst of the 1%?
I do not know, but after reading the first article today, it gave me pause.
I have been leery of the products and policies of
pretty much since it's inception in Arkansas in the 1960's.
We had relatives there and went back for Easter break nearly
Often, during this mini-vacation, we would drive over to
see this new kind of
shopping place like it was a tourist attraction.
Our first trip to Wal-Mart was in the early 1970's, at a store near
offices in Bentonville.
I remembered thinking at the time, that it seemed like a
kind of wannabe version of a
Back then, no one really knew, understood or cared about the
way that Wal-Mart
There was no China connection to retailers here then, so no
reason to question their sources.
Today this company is pretty much the Retail ruler of the world.
Which is why I bring all of this up.
It is all about power and money and what it can and does buy.
Who do you imagine the number one money contributor is
to the world's
major Environmental Organizations?
Now what do you think any of this has to do with this
web site dedicated to protecting Endangered Species?
Wal-Mart is/has been using/giving its retail muscle on/to
as a form
of quiet or hush money for years.
They give each of these groups so much money, that they can
and do buy their silence
and their blindness in protecting the Environment.
If you doubt this, please read the first story and then do a little
research on your own.
It was a real eye opener and it made my stomach turn over.
When I shop there, I am contributing to this:
Chairman the Worst of the 1%
An Interesting Look at this Company
Wal-Mart's Political Contributions
Growing Power Takes Massive Contribution from Wal-Mart
The Greening of Wal-Mart America
Will Allen, Wal-Mart, Winter, What Next?
November 30, 2011
It's the Right Time for Whale Watching
Once again we will be heading back to the Beach to hopefully, finally, get our first glimpse
of the most highly Endangered Whale on this Planet,
the North Atlantic Right Whale.
This week, they are heading south for the winter to our area
for their annual birthing process.
Earlier this year we made three trips to the Atlantic Coast,
hoping to be able to see one
as they headed North for the summer, but we came up empty each time.
Maybe this time, we will get lucky.
If you also wish to see this remarkable mammal, whose numbers
between 350-400, you had better head for the South East Coast of Florida, soon.
Right Whale Soon to Make Annual Migration
November 27, 2011
There Are Two sides to the Python Dilemma in Florida
Our Senator Bill Nelson has just sent a letter to President
Obama asking him to speed up
the process for including the Burmese and other Pythons on the
Now, this may seem like a positive step in the direction of
eliminating a species which
has become the single most destructive force in the
Everglades and other
highly sensitive Ecosystems in Florida, but wait ........
The FWS is more than just a little apprehensive about this idea,
saying that this may cause
even more of them to be dumped into our wild places, mostly
our lakes, swamps and rivers.
If this regulation is implemented, dealers would not be able to turn the
snakes over to FWS,
as they have no plans for accepting them.
You can guess what the fate of the snakes will be then.
FWS says they will only have an occasional, non native species
or no questions asked, "amnesty days" throughout Florida.
Most Floridians have become aware of the history of these dangerous snakes
and people are abandoning them as fast as they can, wherever.
These snakes are now being dumped all over our state, killed by dealers,
owners who have either become afraid of them or simply don't
want to feed them anymore.
Because of all of the negative news surrounding them, Pythons are no longer
the fast money makers that they used to be.
These snakes, through no fault of their own, have become an
enemy to be eradicated.
Trust me, I do not care for these types of snakes, but this all seems so sick
and just mean.
What we need are rules/laws to stop the sale or possession of
these invasive Pythons
anywhere in Florida, period.
Once that is done, these money grubbers will have to look
elsewhere to make a quick buck
and no more snakes will be murdered or worse, dumped into the
or our other Ecosystems, which are right now overrun with them.
It is one giant mess.
Bill Nelson's Python Plan
November 24, 2011
Does This Seem a Silly or Selfish Question?
I know that this may seem selfish or silly, but could someone please explain why we in
or any county in Florida for that matter, must
adhere to a very strict watering code,
while we are giving away our very precious water to out of
who take millions of gallons out of the
ground here daily for free?
I read in our paper a few days ago, that
we must all go back to one day a week
watering from now until Spring, when our "wet season" returns.
These water companies who came here, brought in most of their own employees to
so therefore did not help with the Florida jobless problem,
then they take
our water and bottle it to sell to the
world and pay Florida nothing for this?
This all makes those of us who live here, pay taxes and conserve water,
feel pretty angry and yet no one running this state seems to mind, why is that?
November 21, 2011
Today is a Threefer!
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has recently
released three new management/regulation plans to be
reviewed, considered and commented on by the public.
I hope that you will take action on one or all of these, as there
are implications of
potential negative impact on each individual animal, if the public says or does nothing.
Please remember that they have no voice, except for yours.
The FWC links follow for each individual issue and animal
involved in it:
New Flagler County Manatee Zone Rulings
Submit Your Thoughts on New Gopher Management Here
New Black Bear
November 18, 2011
Endangered Species News Bulletin
If like me, you are very concerned with the way that our wild
things and wild places
are being treated, this bi-monthly newsletter may be of interest
The first link is for the bulletin and the second is for the
sign up page:
The USFWS Endangered Species Bulletin
The Bulletin Sign Up Page
November 15, 2011
Great Story For Those of Us Who Love Birds
This has been a good week for really well written stories
about Endangered Florida species.
Today's is about the elusive Red Cockaded Woodpecker, which at
was nearly wiped off the face of the Earth, but now is making
a brave return
due to the vigilance of the USFWS and some really dedicated
Luckily for us, the most important requirement for this bird are the
which thankfully can still be found here in the Ocala
These magnificent trees once made up most of the U.S.
but were, like the birds who love them, nearly decimated by
Thank you to Bryan Stevens, for one of the best articles
written in a long time
about an Endangered bird, who is now on a mission to make it!
BTW Bryan, I share your feelings about the Ivory Billed.
The Red Cockaded Woodpecker
November 12, 2011
The Florida Scrub Jay
This excellent work by Tom Palmer of the Lakeland Ledger, is
one of the best articles
to come out in a long time about the only indigenous bird of
These birds, as have many other species in the state, have
been chased from place to place, all over
the state, as the builders, contractors and strip malls have
moved in and pushed them out.
Too many of Florida's Ecosystems
have become concrete playgrounds for the wealthy visitors
who come, enjoy and go home without a thought to what their
pleasures have cost our wildlife.
As Palmer so correctly points out, the
Scrub Jay is a barometer on the health of
Florida's fragile scrub lands, much of which are
contained within the Lake Wales Ridge,
which is also home to many other endangered species, including
the sand skink,
the gopher tortoise and
the scrub morning glory.
So, if the Scrub Jay and
the scrub lands are in serious jeopardy,
what does that mean for the rest of Florida?
It means that it's time for all of us who live here year round
to get off of our behinds and
start writing, calling and bringing the kind of noise now on
Wall Street to the white sandy
beaches of Florida, only this time it's about saving the wild
places and wild things,
who cannot camp out on the sidewalks of New York or D.C.
Bird Is Declining at Dangerous Rate
November 9, 2011
The Whooping Cranes Have
Left Wisconsin and Are Heading South
We in Central Florida have a very personal history with this
magnificent bird and
none of us will ever forget the violent night of storms
and deadly tornados
that killed 17 of them and 20 humans on Feb. 2, 2007.
What we here in the Ocala Forest area did not know was, the
same tornado that passed
over our house that night, taking human lives and leaving
massive destruction behind,
had already hit the West Coast Wildlife Refuge where the
Endangered Cranes lived
and had taken a tragic toll there first.
But today is all about hope and eager anticipation, as the
Whooping Cranes are once again
making their way south and their progress is being followed by
These three web sites have very detailed descriptions of the
as well as great resources for learning more about them:
Operation Migration In the Field
Wildlife Migration Cam
Journey North's Whooping Crane Fall Migration Tracking Project
November 5, 2011
A Favorite New Blog Alert!!
Ok, I have just found a very cool Blog that should
even the most die hard prehistoric science junkies.
You know, the ones who drool over Terra Nova, Avatar, Jurassic
and the like, yes, myself included.
This unique Blog, comes to you from the great minds at
which was a personal favorite reading all through college.
Today's Blog posting is dedicated to the ancient ones of this
reading it made me want to head north to Gainesville to the
Natural History Museum at the University of Florida.
If you haven't yet been to the
Woman Fossil page,
please try to take a look at it and then enjoy all of this
tasty fossil matter~
Scientific American Blog: Tetrapod Zoology
November 2, 2011
Do You Know Bill Maxwell?
If You Don't, You Should!
We are very fortunate that our local paper, The Daily
Commercial, runs his column.
Bill is a Native Floridian, a passionate man and most of the time, dead on
in his editorials.
But this week, he has made comments that were a little
He wrote about the beautiful wild places and wild creatures of our state and
he loves them enough to lay it all out there in his column.
Maxwell writes for the St. Pete Times and running this story in a
state, where hunters rule
and their lobbyists take no prisoners, took no small
amount of courage.
Bill's story is sure to invoke severe criticism from those who
fiercely defend their right
to "kill at will" and blast any who dare to stand
Bless you Bill, you are one of the few writers here who is
willing to take
a stand for protecting those who have no voice:
our wild things, our wild places, our Wild Florida.
And, for those who don't like it, they can, well you
Maxwell: Protect Florida's Wild Places From Off Road Vehicles
October 30, 2011
Found two thought provoking web sites this morning for your
and while both make critical observations on the condition of
neither offers opinions intended for the faint of heart or
The first is from the
Center for Biological
Diversity who wonders out loud,
as have others forever, just how many more people this already
over burdened planet can support:
7 Billion and Counting
The second is from NPR
and asks you to consider the pros and cons of the
an uprising or movement of sorts, that has found some strong
support for its so-called
prehistoric or primal lifestyle agenda:
The Paleo-Diet: Not the Way to a Healthy Future
And, what does all of this have to do with Endangered Wildlife
Species you might ask?
They both bring into focus the fact that human overpopulation
and wide spread animal
consumption, are absolutely affecting the wildlife on this
Planet and not in a good way.
October 27, 2011
See a crime in the wild, there are now multiple ways for
Florida citizens to report violators: call it, email it,
online it, or text it!
FWC has become techno savvy with new ideas to keep Florida wildlife
and making it easier to get those who harm our wildlife and/or
Now we can all work together to keep Florida wild and free~
To Report a crime in the wild:
To Call: 888-404-3922
To Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To Text: Tip@MyFWC.com
Go Online : Wildlife Alert Program
October, 24, 2011
It Is Finally October
The weather is the reason for the season now in Florida.
It is crisp and cool and the air is clean and pure.
Being able to throw open the windows every morning now is a joy.
No air conditioning, just fresh air.
Wait, I can actually hear the
Sand Hill Cranes just above the roof.
Fall in Florida has finally arrived.
Time to get out and see what makes this state so beautiful.
From the East Atlantic Coast beaches and lighthouses,
to the West Coast and the snow white sandy Gulf Shores,
all along the panhandle, south to magical Miami or way
down to the Keys,
it is all there and beckoning you to come.
The weather is perfect right now for a drive to
October 21, 2011
The Horror of Selfish Humans
For those of you who do not live in Florida, the story in Ohio
this week may not have
been quite as painful for you, as it was for those here who
have had to deal with the
out of control, turned loose wherever, wild exotics found all
For some reason, only the idiots who buy/acquire these wild
animals can explain, these people
try to bring them into an average neighborhood without a
thought to the consequences.
And as was the case in Ohio, when these selfish owners can no
longer care for them,
they just turn them loose, wherever it suits them.
It is hard to understand, harder still to accept.
What happened in Ohio this week is clearly an example of why
need to be forbidden from being sold or owned, anywhere, ever.
I feel the saddest for little children who had to witness the
horror of the ongoing coverage
of this story and do not know how each parent managed to
explain to their child
how or why this all happened.
The whole point is this, exotic animals are not pets, they are
and can never be anyone's pet.
They are wild and should remain so, forever.
Please let us not forget the images we all witnessed this
for the sake of all those who died, please never forget.
But, we can help change this.
Help to pass the legislation where you live, to outlaw the
ownership and sale of exotic animals,
like we in Florida are trying so desperately to do.
The forces on the other side are well funded, so it is an
uphill battle, at least here in Florida.
No links are given for this story because not one could be
found without any pictures.
God Bless them and may they all now rest in peace.
October 18, 2011
Will the Everglades Ever Be Cleaned Up?
If you read any of the stories below, you may begin to
understand why so many years
after they were first ordered to do so, the state of Florida
has still not done what it
has been given $100 million to do, get the toxins out of
Everyone involved has their own excuse, or agenda, but the bottom line is
no one wants to spend big money on the Everglades.
Cleaning up the Everglades, will find no supporters among the
even though the phosphorus that is its main pollutant comes
nor from our own elected officials like
Rooney and Mica,
have helped to set clean water in this state back 40
Checks have been written, delivered and accepted for the
single purpose of getting the job done,
but someone in Tallahassee will have to commit to it and so
far, no one is willing.
And, if you think our new Governor will finally be the one,
Douglas is watching with a heavy heart and wondering
who will do the right thing for her beloved Everglades.
Scott's Everglades Plan
Clean Water for Florida, Nutrient Pollution Standards
Dirty Money for Dirty Water
A Clean Win For the Everglades
Federal Judge Questions Results of Everglades Clean Up
Don't Make Us Clean Up the Everglades, But.....
Florida Asks For More Time to Clean Up Everglades
October 15, 2011
One Tiny Butterfly With One Big Problem
Most of you have probably never heard of the Miami
It is not even as big as your thumb and
survives in only one place in the world, the Florida Keys.
factors leading to the impending demise of the Blue include the usual habitat
development and invasive species, but another huge
contributor has been the endless
chemical spraying in the
area for mosquitoes, which has negatively impacted not only
Miami Blue Butterfly, but other species as well.
problem for the Blue is that to date, its predicament has received little
because the agencies responsible for
protecting it, have dragged their feet
until the last possible minute and now it could be too late.
Enter a group of students from Duke who may be the Miami's last best hope:
Pursue Protection for Endangered Butterfly
October 12, 2011
Two Out of Three is Good!
Nest counts for Florida Sea Turtles
The Green and
Leatherbacks are doing well and the third,
the Loggerhead, is at
about the same place that it was a year ago,
which is still better than the recent past.
But any good news for Sea Turtles makes those who have been
worried for years about their future, breathe just a little
All of the hard work done by just regular people and Florida
is beginning to pay off and makes the extra efforts
Besides, most coastal dwellers have adjusted to turning their
early at night during nesting season to help out~
Storm Brings End to Sea Turtle Season
Leatherbacks Show High Nest Counts
Sea Turtles Multiply
October 9, 2011
Do You Know If the Food That You Just Ate Was Real or Memorex?
Do you want Human Growth Hormones (HGH) in your milk?
Do you want to eat fish that has been created, (GMO) or
is as the
press and food safety groups like to call it, Frankenfish?
Do you know how much Mercury you eat?
Please take a look at the stories below and ask yourself this
Should the former lawyer for Monsanto, Michael Taylor, be
in charge of the
regulations for food product safety at the FDA?
How stupid do they think the American public is and
how long do they think that they can get away with this?
Want an answer, take a look at Wall Street today.
It's time for all of us to ask questions and demand answers.
Americans must demand that our food be safe, free of toxins
genetically modified, (GMO).
Neither we, nor our children, nor our pets, should be
eating these potentially dangerous foods.
The American Public is not a Lab experiment for big
the FDA and/or any Government Agency.
We all have the right to know what we are eating.
This group has a petition that you may wish to read and/or sign:
Please, educate yourself and learn more about real
Unsafe by Definition: Frankenfish
Food Products with Toxic Chemicals
This Much Mercury
Thanks to the FDA, You Really Have No Idea What's in Your Food
USDA Gives Taxpayer Money to Fund Company's Efforts to Genetically Engineer
Why is the Government Funneling Money to a Company Trying to Feed Us
October 6, 2011
Today is a Terrific Twofer!
Two stories on our local news this morning gave cause for
The City of Ocala says that they have found a way to "rid "
of their duck "problem" without killing the ducks.
They will be sending the ducks to a place where they cannot
escape they say and that they will not be killed.
And the second joyous story, the Airboat business so
determined to set up shop
on Lake Toho, has decided to go elsewhere to run his 20
tourist trips a day.
He gave no reason for his decision, but with all of the
negative press and
sizable numbers of those against him at each of the previous
I think he got the message.
So, two small victories for Florida Wildlife today.
Yes, we can and do make a difference when we get involved
and stand up for what is right for Wildlife.
Ocala's New Plan for Ducks
October 3, 2011
Calling All Parrot Heads
Last week we took a long drive to Indiana for a family
It had been nearly 12 years since my last one and it was fun
but when we got home it was still hot and muggy here, leaving
missing the nice cool weather of the Midwest.
But yesterday, we finally got the break from the 90's
seven long months for, our sort of Fall, southern style!
With the morning temperatures yesterday and today in the low
many Floridians are now yearning for the one place where
we can really get away from it all, the
If you have never been down to the Keys, what on earth are you
The seemingly endless road work appears to be finished and
it's all just waiting there,
to take you away.
I can hear Jimmy Buffet calling my name......
Stretch Project Finally Finished
September 30, 2011
Is this Really a New Plan or Just a Ploy?
The USFWS has come up with a new plan to review a long list of
to possibly put under the protection of Endangered
This move by the current administration may only be a ploy to
their chilly relationship with Wildlife Advocates who
as not such a good friend to Wildlife at present.
Will all of these strange bedfellows cozy up together
for a long winters nap
or be thrown out into the cold?
It is going to be a very long campaign season.
The list of the species and the plan are here:
374 Aquatic-Dependent Species May Warrant ESA Protection
Hundreds of Plants and Animals Up for New
Hundreds of Plants Up for Protection
September 26, 2011
To Hunt or Not to Hunt, That is the Question
When it comes to the critically Endangered
Florida Panther, there is little room for
Even though the Panthers numbers have remained at
a perilous level for half a century,
hunters in Florida are demanding that the
Big Cypress Preserve be opened up to hunting.
This is the only restaurant that the Panther has
and the menu only has a few items on it,
most importantly the White Tailed Deer.
If hunters are allowed into this area to kill
them, how many will remain for the Panther to survive on?
I live in the Ocala Forest and have seen these
same hunters in action, repeatedly.
They travel up and down our local roads with their
dogs in cages.
The dogs are kept starving, so that they will hunt
After they are released into the woods, the
hunters go in and kill at will.
Meanwhile, the dogs can be seen on the side of the
road, their ribs hanging out,
wearing their radio collars and desperately
waiting to be picked up by their owners.
Some are hit and killed on the road, others have
ended up lost, trying to get into
our local post office or begging at local homes
These are the kind of people who will do the right
They would never kill more deer than
they are allowed to, right?
So let's see, the Panther has had its habitat
chopped to pieces, or virtually eliminated,
now they want to take its food, what does that
Maybe we could take the air that they breathe as
The hunters have an entire state to hunt in, the
Panther has only one place left.
When the deer are all gone, the severely
Endangered Florida Panther will of course take
what ever it can find; cows, pets, you name it, if you were
starving wouldn't you?
Come on people, think about this, it's not rocket science,
You can read more about it and then respond/react
Hunting Management Plan
Florida Panther Population Up to 160
Tree-Huggers and Gun-Toters Trade Barbs
September 23, 2011
Does It Make Any Sense to Drill In the
Lately it seems, an increasing number of elected
officials are in favor of drilling in
one of the most sensitive
Ecosystems on the Planet,
Bachmann wants to drill there and she doesn't even
How could she possibly understand the impact that this
action could have?
Then Scott jumped on the bandwagon, saying it
might be a good idea,
only to recant a few days later, after the fire
was lit under him.
Crist even said it might be feasible once and also
Don't these people see the ongoing impact of the
Gulf Disaster as a warning sign
of the likely negative possibilities that this
move could have on the entire region?
When will the people with all the power start
acting like responsible adults,
instead of like greedy little children fighting
for their own way in the sand box?
We who are not paid elected officials, can see the
big picture, when will the politicians?
Everglades Oil Drilling
September 20, 2011
When it Comes to the Everglades, Everybody Has
Their Own Agenda
The Everglades and Lake Okeechobee
have been besieged for so long,
it is hard to remember a time when the very
mention of their names,
did not evoke passionate responses from all sides.
South Florida just wants the water, the developers
just want the land
and the cattle ranchers just want it all to stay
The one party in this ongoing drama that rarely
get asked for their opinion,
are the wildlife, who are at the mercy of
all of these warring factions.
Now, the Feds have come up with what they think is
a great idea,
but I guess that depends on whose side you are
This story reveals the Government in all its
glory, just like the politicians and
the lobbyists, their agenda is the best one
and we should all just accept that.
In the end, who will profit, who will suffer?
Can you guess?
Agency Takes a New Approach to Save Everglades Land
September 16, 2011
Broward County Implements New Rule for Manatees
Broward County, which has as many as 927
has become a favorite winter home
for them, so recently the FWC passed a new rule to
protect them during this time.
Beginning November 15 and going until March 31,
Florida boaters will have to slow down,
not just on the weekends, but during the
FWC Protects Manatees with New Rule
September 5, 2011
Store Your Trash Florida and Save a Bear!
The Florida FWC has sent out a great news memo for
us all to adhere to this Fall,
stash your garbage and save a Bear.
All Bears are getting ready for winter and are
eating everything in sight.
The recent tragic deaths involving Bears and
their cubs here in Central Florida
were a direct result of them getting
into trouble when thoughtless
homeowners left food out
where the Bears could get at it.
This is the hungriest time of the year for Bears
will take advantage of any food that their paws
If you would like to get a Bear proof trash can,
contact your local Trash Collector.
So be Bear aware and put your trash where they
cannot get into it,
or it is on you if they get into trouble!
Stash Your Garbage
September 2, 2011
Disasters Bring Out the Best in People
Although the state of Florida did not take a
direct hit from Hurricane Irene,
our Eastern Coastal areas and the wild things that
live there were
very much impacted by the Hurricane's high tides
and big waves.
Hundreds of hatchlings were brought to the
Loggerhead Marinelife Center in
Juno Beach by good Florida citizens who wanted to
help the latest victims of Irene.
When we see helpless things in need, how can we
700 Sea Turtle Nests Washed Out by Hurricane Irene
Turtles Washed Out by Irene
Turtles Affected by Hurricane Irene
August 30, 2011
Florida's First People
Today's Blog is not about an Endangered Florida
species, but about one that
has already gone, it is about the Timucuan Indians
Our home is on land where these people once
The St. John's River not far from us, was of great
historical importance to the Timucuans
and several other local tribes here in Central
These Ancient Indians, who were here long
before any outsiders stepped foot on Florida,
are rarely spoken of in local schools, in the news
or even on web sites
which claim to be historical reference places for
their individual counties.
This is sad because so many of the names and
places here reflect their
importance and influence of these Ancient people
on not only this area,
but on the entire state of Florida.
Here are a few places to learn more about the
First People of Florida:
Exploring Early Florida
Missions, Timucuans and the Aucilla
Overview of Native History
August 27, 2011
A Follow Up on the Condemned Ducks of Ocala
For the original story about the Ducks of Ocala,
please see the posting below:
This Plan is Unacceptable.
OK, maybe the world is not a completely cold,
cynical place after all!
Maybe people do care about what happens to
Some people, not all people.
But, people did respond to this disturbing story
in a very big way, bless their little hearts.
At this time, there is no other news about the
Will keep an up to date posting here, if and/or
when, anything new happens.
Ocala's Duck Problem Has Become a Major Public Relations Problem
August 23, 2011
Can We Stop the Invasion of Florida?
Most people in Florida know about the Burmese
Pythons that have taken over the
Really stupid people buy these snakes, find out
how much it costs to feed them
and then dump them in the nearest body of water.
Since many of these exotic snake owners live in
they usually end up in the Everglades, where they
are now swallowing
up every living thing in this already highly
These snakes are everybody's problem now!
Our Senator Bill Nelson has
written a Bill that addresses the snake problem,
snakes are not the only invasive species in Florida.
So, we have to deal with not only invasive
animals, but invasive plants as well
and they are all doing the same thing to our
eating it all up, one bite at a time!
Florida's Invasive Species
Species in Florida
Stopping Invasive Species Before they Invade
August 20, 2011
Probably Not a Subject You Think Much About
Unless you live in Florida and have been
down to the Keys, you may
not even be aware that the only coral Reef in the
continental U.S. is there.
The coral that live in the pristinely beautiful
Keys National Marine Sanctuary,
just off of the Florida Coast, have already
extreme weather conditions,
like cold and heat, now they are
catching a disease called White Pox, from us!
Caribbean Coral Catch Disease from Sewage
Bacteria: The New Pirates of the Caribbean
August 17, 2011
This Plan is Unacceptable
No, this duck is not an Endangered Species in
in fact they are not a native bird here at all.
And, if you live anywhere else, this may seem
There is a town near us called Ocala and they are
having a problem with some ducks
and the answer that they have come up with for the
second time, is to kill all of them.
Has anyone considered giving these unwanted ducks
to people who
might want them for pets or to put in their
ponds on their property?
Aren't there parks all over the US where they may,
perhaps be sent to live?
It seems like there just has to be another choice
besides killing all of them, again.
This story describing the Ocala City Council's
plan is sickening and if after reading it,
you too are sickened, please make a call!
Ocala City Council to Kill Ducks
August 14, 2011
Is Today a Good Day for the Everglades?
The story below is both disturbing and hopeful.
The author's observations seem to be more than
just a little biased,
her recent remarks about Eric Draper.
The Federal Government never ceases to amaze,
first they can barely agree to work together on
the US economy,
now the USDA has handed Florida a $100 million
check to restore the Northern
Local farmers claim to have demonstrated
that it is possible to farm without destroying the
environment, having for the 16th consecutive year
reduced the amount of released phosphorus,
and this year they claim to have increased from
their average of 55% up to 79%.
Eric Draper of
Audubon says it can get better, but let's take a moment to
People on both sides are saying how great this all
will be for the Everglades, but
Who will actually get the check?
If it ends up in Governor Scott's hands,
will he really spend it on the Everglades?
So, who's hands will the check really end up in?
Will they be transparent in their dispersal of the
Or will it all end up in some account hidden to be
used after the smoke has all cleared?
And, if most of this money is spent on
how will that restore the Everglades?
Do we really think that everyone will just do the
right thing with that kind of money?
Jackpot of a News Day in Everglades
August 11, 2011
The Tiny Miami Blue Gets a Tiny Break
This tiny, rare butterfly, the
Miami Blue, has only one place on
Earth to live safely,
well as safely as it can in a hostile world for
butterflies, the Florida Keys.
Today the USFWS gave this butterfly about the size
of your thumbnail,
a little smile and a little wink and said, "Ok, we
will protect you for 240 days."
This emergency action came only after many years
of ignoring the problems that it faced.
The agency has been targeted by countless
environmental groups since 1984, for its failure
to protect the butterfly, which by now has barley
enough genetic pool left to sustain it,
with less than 50 adults and a new invader in the
form of non native iguanas,
who eat the flowers that the butterfly needs to
Thanks to all of the passionate people and
environmental groups who kept after FWS
and perhaps, for a moment at least, giving the
Miami Blue a tiny chance.
Another South Florida Species Declared Endangered in Emergency
Endangered Butterfly Gets Emergency Federal Protection
Rare Florida Butterfly Gets Protection
August 8, 2011
Can You Love a Manatee Too Much?
You probably don't want to ask this question of me
or my three children.
Back in the 70's on our first trip to Central
Florida to visit my parents,
we went to Blue Springs State Park to see the
While we were there, we were allowed to get into
the water and be
"loved" by these graceful, docile, trusting
Having them touch you and nudge you, exploring you
like they were just as
curious about you, as you were about them, was a
once in a lifetime experience.
It was the kind of thing that stays with you all
of your life, it changes you,
it makes you want to protect them, no matter
So, in answer to the question asked in this story
for me, for us, the answer was, is, no.
We can never love any animal too much.
I believe that humans were put on the earth to
watch over the animals,
not to use them or abuse them.
And as long as I am still breathing, I will always
be watching out for the animals.
Can You Love a Manatee Too Much?
August 5, 2011
Florida Orthodontist Performs Miraculous
Procedure on Green Sea Turtle
Humans are a curious lot.
Just when you think that they are mostly reckless
an event like this brings it all back to
A medical team in Juno Beach, Florida headed up
Dr. Alberto Vargas,
went to work at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center
accomplished something that may have never been
This dedicated team of talented professionals
donated many hours of their own time
working valiantly to clear up infections and
repair the badly damaged shell of "Andre"
a green sea turtle
who had been run over by a boat propeller.
Surrounded by a huge joyous crowd, Andre, after a
year of intensive care,
was finally sent back to the sea whence he came
Bless you Dr. Vargas, may it all come back to you
and your team tenfold~
Florida Sea Turtle Gets High Tech Medicine
Endangered Sea Turtle Returns to the Sea
August 2, 2011
Can a Sign Help Save a Life?
These new signs
graciously put up by Lamar Advertising in the area with
the highest mortality rate for the
Florida Panther just may do that.
Perhaps, if more people spent more time looking
after Endangered Wildlife,
we humans could end up being the good guys after
Slowing Down in Panther Country
July 30, 2011
The Ivory Billed Woodpecker
Last night we watched a Documentary, The Ghost
Although this was not a new subject to us, some of
what we saw in this
film was not known and very disturbing on several
We know that this beautiful bird is more than
likely extinct, but perhaps
it might not have been without the help of
the Logging Industries,
and the Science, Hunting and Garment
The demise of many birds and much wildlife began
in the last century with
the old growth timber deforestation of millions of
acres all over this country.
Magnificent trees that once housed the largest
Woodpecker in America,
became fields of soybeans, the Ivory Billed
Woodpecker and many
other birds lost their habitats forever.
In this film, among other things, it was shown
that one Ivory Billed nest,
in particular, had it eggs removed, not
once, but twice in a single breeding season.
To understand the scope of this, imagine that you
are pregnant and
awaiting the birth of your child and then when it
it is taken away from you.
So, you get pregnant again and again your child is
Can you imagine how this pair of birds who mate
for life, must have felt?
And please do not tell me that birds cannot feel
because we simply do not know that.
Next we are shown massive Ornithology storage
facilities; the endless steel cabinets
with their countless drawers at Cornell, Harvard
and Yale Universities.
We are shown tray after tray of dead Ivory Billed
Woodpeckers and many other birds.
Now where do you suppose these elite schools
acquired all of these dead birds?
It was never revealed.
We know that in the past hunters killed this and
many other birds to eat them and
also so that women could have pretty feathers on
We are told of the beautiful birds that no longer
exist, including, the Ivory Billed Woodpecker,
Carolina Parakeet, Passenger Pigeon and many
My question is this:
Is it possible that in our urgent need to clear the
most land, have the best Ornithology Department,
be the prettiest dressed woman, or most successful
hunter, we contributed to the demise of these birds?
The price for our greed, for our selfish human
nature was very high.
Was it all worth it?
Can't ask the birds, they're not here anymore.
July 27, 2011
Our Gopher Tortoise
Today, as I watched our female
Gopher Tortoise scurry under the side
of our front yard and dive down into her burrow, a
sad thought crossed my mind.
She is one of the very few lucky ones.
Each time that she goes out under the front gate
and down the road on one of her "journeys",
we worry until she comes home again, grateful that
she has not been hit by a car.
We moved into the Ocala Forest in 2004 and she and
our Airedales have owned us, since.
Harriet, as we call her, has the complete run of
our one acre yard and because of her
and the scarce green treefrogs, lizards and
skinks who share our home with her,
no poisons or pesticides are used on our lawn or
She eats her way all over our yard in complete
peace and we know that what she eats
is the food that she really needs and wants.
It all looks like weeds to us, but she is so
It is all natural, just what she would have found
to eat if she came here a thousand years ago.
Does Harriet know that today the FWS, which was
organized to protect and to
serve our wildlife, has decided that her life and
the lives of thousands of others
just like her here in Florida do not have a great
deal of value to them.
She, they, cannot vote or donate to political
campaigns, so how important can protecting them really be?
Why should these people, who just a few years ago,
allowed the wholesale slaughter of her kind
when developers were allowed to kill them without
concern and over 70,000 were buried alive?
What does this kind of behavior say for us as a
I know that you are sick of hearing this, but
Gandhi's words ring in my ears again today:
"The greatness of a nation and its moral
progress, can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the
more entitled it is to protection by Man from the cruelty of Man. "
Gopher Tortoise Falls Short of Federal Protection
July 23, 2011
The Bill That Will Undo Years of Protection for
If you read this story and understand that the
woman who wrote it was weaned
on the kind of rhetoric that permeates
you will see just how scary this all is.
Read her passionate plea to the deaf ears in D.C.
We need to stand beside her and all who aspire to
see our wildlife
and our environment preserved and protected.
Please let Washington know that we are united in
Extinction Rider Puts Us All in Danger
Oppose the Extinction Rider
House Continues Assault on Environment
July 20, 2011
The Snail Kite
This bird has no luck!
It was chased out of its ancestral home in
Lake Okeechobee by severe drought,
and severe greed by those who drained the lake
over countless protests.
Water levels on
Okeechobee declined to the point where the
Snail Kite and
its primary food source, the Apple Snail, could no
When the water goes away, so does all life.
Read the report by
Dr. Gray of Audubon on the Lake's water conditions.
Governor Scott's new bill takes aim at water, wildlife and jobs.
So the beleaguered Snail Kite went north and found a
new home on Lake Toho,
where surprisingly it began to flourish, for a
But once again, humans interfered.
local boaters angry about Hydrilla in the Lake that were
their boats to sputter, asked FWS to step in and
eliminate the bothersome plants.
This plant however, is the favorite food of the
Apple Snail, which is the favorite food of the Snail Kite.
So, you see the problem?
Instead of wiping out the plant population
completely, a compromise plan
was devised to try to keep the peace and a balance
between the two.
Surviving that dilemma for the moment, now comes a
new human attack that will
most likely force the Kite out of its new home
This new invader comes in the form of
Airboat Tours on the lake.
The plan is to have at least 20 of them running
every day, all filled with tourists.
If you have never heard these things running,
think of standing
next to a jackhammer or a wood chipper.
The local homeowners are angry because they have
beautiful homes on the lake
which up until now, has been peaceful and
While the homeowners will probably not die from
the hideous noises
and the huge crowds, the same cannot be said
for the Snail Kite.
If this Airboat Tours business is permitted to set
up shop on Lake Toho,
it will be the end of the Kite, which has been run
out of town before by
humans with little concern for their
If you live near Lake Toho and are able, perhaps
you might wish to show up at the next
Commission Meeting on September 18th, that will
decide whether this group will be allowed to
begin the end of an Endangered wildlife and the
tranquility of a beautiful wild area.
Read About the Airboat Tours Issue Here:
Fight to Stop Tourist Attraction on Lake Toho
If you do plan on attending the next meeting, here
is contact information:
Osceola County Government
Frank Attkisson District 4 - Lake Toho
The last meeting to address the Airboat Tours
Issue was held July 18th
and was then continued for 60 days.
See the meeting results live here:
July 18th Osceola Commission Meeting
The next meeting to address this subject will be
September 19th at 5:30 PM
in Commission Chambers (4th Floor)
I Courthouse Square,
Let's All Be there in September!
July 17, 2011
Leatherback Sea Turtle Nest Counts Are Up in
As was reported locally on the news this week,
this season is another good
one for Florida's largest Sea Turtle, the
Thankfully their nest counts are up here, but the
news in other places like
Mexico and Costa Rica is not so good, in fact they
are in a steep decline there and
Scientists in these areas, believe extinction
there may be a great possibility.
Leatherback Sea Turtle Nests Increasing in Florida
July 14, 2011
A Tea Party Made to Order for the Mad Hatter
If this seems incredulous, join the crowd.
A story in the
Saint Pete Times reports that the Edna Mattos and members of
Citrus County Tea Party believe that a new
proposal by FWS to protect the Manatees
"elevate nature above people and that is against
the bible and the bill of rights."
It's a good thing that Edna never tried to have an
audience with Mahatma Gandhi,
who firmly believed that animals were more
important than some of the
heads of state who came to visit him at his
His timeless quote still rings true, for me at
"The greatness of a Nation and its moral progress,
can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
Perhaps the Citrus County Tea Party and its
should seek another way to promote their
Tea Party Members Tackle a New Issue: Manatees
July 11, 2011
Can Wildlife and the Power of the Future
There are two related stories to report on today
that sadden me.
As a huge believer in the new power direction the
world must take to
free us forever from oil and oil mongers, this seems like
a step backwards.
The development of new energy sources must keep
moving forward, but the cost to our
endangered wildlife cannot exceed the promise
these new powers sources hold.
Technology of the future must always keep wildlife
safety in mind during the design period
and with these recent reports of wildlife harm, it
is back to the drawing board.
Reveals Animal Deaths Related to Wind Turbines
Feds Say Proposed Wind Farm Near Everglades Could Harm Birds
July 8, 2011
The Wild Things Are On Their Own Now
This story reflects the huge gap between the White
House and Environmentalists right now.
Not sure what, or if, anything will stave this
off, as long as they are all so focused on fighting
each other to the death in Congress over Budget
cuts and Taxes.
No one wants to spend a dime on anything that will
not support either a
candidate's campaign or a lobbyists pet projects.
No one can profit from saving an Endangered animal
or plant, so why should they care.
New Bill Will Put Moratorium on Endangered Species Listings
July 5, 2011
Today's comment is not about Florida's wildlife,
it is about the wildlife
in a place that has been close to my heart
for many years, Yellowstone.
If you have never been to the Yellowstone area,
you may want to get a ticket soon,
while it still remains one of the most pristine,
breathtaking places on Earth.
Over the weekend one of the most egregious
polluters of our lifetime did it again.
Exxon Mobil has once again putrefied a perfect
water source for wildlife
in an area whose size is yet to be
This is because they at first tried to downplay
the actual damage and
reported that it was not really that much of a
But then this morning, as was the case with the
destruction in Alaska in 1989,
it was much worse than Exxon originally claimed.
Can anyone remember back to the first day of the
when it was claimed that no oil was leaking at
At this time, the Yellowstone River which runs
through some of the
most beautiful land known to humans, is running
black with oil sludge.
The story is everywhere now and it will probably
get worse as time goes on.
Who will suffer the most of course, are the area
wildlife, as this is their main drinking source.
What will it take to get Exxon Mobil and their
counterparts to respect wildlife and wildland?
No one in Washington will punish them, they are
all too dependant on their campaign money.
Environmental groups can only take them to court,
but the result of this will as usual,
only be fines paid, harsh words and then it's back
to the game at hand,
making money drilling and pumping oil, everywhere.
Like the story below this one, eventually we may
be unable to reverse the
damage done and we could all be without the
lifeblood of life, clean, pure, water.
Scope of Yellowstone River Oil Spill May Grow
July 2, 2011
It's All About the Water
Was going to take a break until after the Holiday,
but this could not wait.
After reading the story below, I knew I would be
Those of you who read this Blog know of my deep
for Lake Okeechobee
and the Everglades.
They have both suffered severely at the hands of
greedy, selfish Humans
for so long that it may already be too late to
This of course is not even considering the
wildlife at both places
who have already been displaced for lack of food.
Everything leaves when the water levels drop to
where they are now and have been for years.
Habitats are destroyed and wildlife moves on
hoping for a better place to live in peace.
This story only describes the truth that we all
knew was there, being carefully,
deliberately, hidden behind closed political
As I have said many times in my life, water isn't
the only thing in life that matters,
it's just the most important.
California has been poisoning their water for
nearly a century now
and the cancer deaths and sickness in the entire
state are the result.
As my favorite Geology Professor at CSUN once
said, what they have done to the
water in the San Joaquin Valley will take 10,000
years to correct.
We are out of time people, wake up.
Water is the lifeblood of all living things.
It must be protected because money can not buy it
back once it is poisoned.
And Not a
Drop to Drink, the
Salting of Florida
July 1, 2011
Two Exciting Events to Report on Today
The first is about new live broadcasts
from the combined talents
of Wild Earth and Ustream with seven subject choices:
Wild Earth Partners With Ustream
The other shows how big companies can make a big
in helping Endangered or Threatened Wildlife by
putting their money where their mouths are:
Sea World and Busch Gardens Give Millions to Protect Wildlife
June 28, 2011
We Are Still in a Drought in Much of Florida
We finally have begun to get our much needed rain
here in the
Ocala Forest, but what about all of our Lakes?
still low and many lakes in this County remain well below normal.
A lack of rain for so long followed by recent
heavy rains has caused some sink holes.
Here is a great place to see exactly what is
happening at Okeechobee:
Okeechobee Water Levels
June 25, 2011
A Very Smart Bird!
The very rare Roseate Terns have many choices in
the area to make their homes.
So, where do they choose to do so?
On the roof of the FWC building in Marathon, in
the Florida Keys, that's where!
Due to all of the usual reasons, there are only
about 300 pairs left here.
This roof top has about 67 nests and they are all
very closely watched.
Endangered Terns Finds Safety Atop FWC Building
June 21, 2011
A Manatee Update......
After all of the recent sad news, how great is
This story in today's St. Pete Times is exactly
what Manatees need.
Feds Want Permanent Manatee Refuge in Kings Bay
June 19, 2011
Have a Safe, Happy Father's Day Florida
And while you are out on the water in your boats,
please be aware that the extreme low water levels
are making Boat/Manatee collisions more
likely than ever before.
Low water levels aren't the only hazard for the
Endangered Florida Manatee,
Flagler County recently made a crucial decision
Whacks Manatee Zone Speeds
And there is also danger on the rivers in Northern
Low Water Levels Increase Risk to Manatees
June 16, 2011
Should What We Do in our Private Life be Made
This information is not new, but the point is,
should you and others be made aware of it?
Elephants are not an Endangered Florida Species,
so should it even be brought up on this website?
You tell me.
If after reading the story, you feel as disgusted
as I was,
please let this man know.
Since he is a business man first and foremost,
maybe the best way to voice your
displeasure with his actions, is to not do
business with his company, ever!
Go-Daddy CEO Kills Elephant for Sport
CEO Shot Female Elephant, Not Bull
June 13, 2011
Florida's Drought is Number One Topic Now
All over Florida Humans and Wildlife are feeling
the impact of the worst drought
here in 80 years and if the rain doesn't start
soon and begin our wet season,
the wounds will be deep and painful for all of us.
Sad to say, but the complete absence of Hurricanes
recently has really hurt state water levels,
and without any of them for the past three years,
Florida is just about to dry up and blow away.
In 1998, when the weather was quite similar to
this year, we had one of the worst fire seasons ever.
If we don't get some serious rain and very soon,
we could have a repeat of that year.
Humans can buy bottled water and cut back on use,
but what do the wild things do?
There is no where for them to get water if
everything is all dried up.
Florida is looking more and more like a desert
every day and we gave
away our precious water to out of state bottling
companies for free!
Thank you to all those who are guilty of this
You know who you are.
And the people who vote and pay your salaries are
learning who you are too.
Drought's Environmental Toll is Broad, Deep
June 10, 2011
My First Black Bear
Today for the first time in my life, I saw a
I was on my way into town from our house in the
and it was just sort of sitting in the middle of
the road, gasp.
I stopped my car and we looked at each other for a
I am quite sure that I was not breathing.
Then it ambled back in the woods as I talked to
It was not very old, probably a teenager.
Its coat was so black and shiny, like it had just
and polished up for a photograph.
It was just so beautiful, so unexpected, it was
hard to stay quiet.
What came to mind as it looked into my eyes was
How on earth could anyone ever, ever shoot this
gift to us?
He/she is not aware that it has just been taken
off of the Threatened Species List
and very soon, humans will start coming in great
numbers to blow its brains out,
so that they can hang
its head on a wall, as a trophy,
or proof of their great hunting skills.
And just who is truly the animal here?
June 7, 2011
Florida Forever Funding Cut for Third Year in a
If you don't know what this group is or what it
does, you should.
What they are trying to do, like the salmon swimming
is to save Florida's last Wild Lands for our children
and their children.
Florida Forever Funding Cut Again
Funding Nil for Florida Forever
June 3, 2011
Great Advice for Those Who Write About the
Many times over the years since putting this web
exactly what this woman is saying, has also
occurred to me,
that I need to be careful in my writings about
and where Endangered things are.
Sadly, she is quite correct.
There are many out there whose only interest in
is to find out how they can profit from
So, thank you Julie, advice taken and passed
May 31, 2011
Unlike Ewya in Avatar, No One Heard Okeechobee
will be drained to send water to US Sugar
and the entire south of Florida to use as they
Never mind that the Lake is now at a level that
sends shivers down
the spines of all concerned with the Wildlife that
depends on it.
It matters not.
The South Florida Water Management District has
made the decision.
One member on this Board is Trudi Williams who
recently said that the
really does not need any further special protection.
See that story below in this Blog dated Jan. 31,
The Lake is gong to be drained by pumps and no
one, it would seem,
cares about the extreme damage that this will
cause the entire Ecosystem.
Money speaks louder than any other voice, always.
Pumps to Keep Okeechobee's Water Flowing South
May 28, 2011
Are You Kidding, We Need Another Power Plant in
As if the Florida
Panther has not suffered enough at the hands of Humans...
wait for it....
A new power plant is about to be built right smack
in the middle of their Habitat.
This story lays out all of the details and then
tells you how you can get involved
and tell FPL to go somewhere else to build.
Right now it is only in planning stages, so
influence from the public can affect the outcome.
Florida Panthers have run out of room and out of
time, they are at the end of the log.
Please write to the man at the top, Lewis Hay, CEO
Florida Power and Light.
Great story, great information:
New Power Plant Threatens the Florida Panther
May 25, 2011
Let Lisa Jackson, the Head of the EPA, Know
that We Will Not
Tolerate Mercury in Our Lives Anymore.
This week there are events happening in several
places around the country
to address one of the most lethal toxins on our
It affects all of us, humans, pets and wildlife.
Mercury is very toxic and we must get it out of
and never allow big companies to push it back on
The next time you eat fish, get your dog a Rabies
shot or feed your children,
you need to ask yourself this question:
Is there Mercury in this?
If you want to get involved:
the Head of the EPA an Email
or you can also:
Show Up for One of the Rallies
May 22, 2011
Okeechobee is Hurting
is at a seriously dangerous level right now.
It is so low, in fact that farmers may have to cut
deep if South Florida
wants to keep water flowing out of their faucets.
The current drought and years of wasted water have
brought this once
magnificent body of water, only one of two in the
that can be seen from space, to its knees.
So much depends on this Lake, it is nearly
any one could be allowed to waste a single drop of
but waste it they do, every single day.
many who are guilty of robbing Okeechobee of its lifeblood:
U.S. Sugar, Former Governors, endless companies
so many others who just keep taking,
never giving a thought to what their greed is
doing to Florida's well being.
Not only Endangered Wildlife, but the
Everglades Ecosystem, go on life
when deprived of Okeechobee's constant fresh
supply of life giving water.
Another factor in the low water levels is that
very few hurricanes have made
land fall in South Florida recently.
Although they cause much widespread damage
throughout the area,
they also replenish the Lake and the Everglades.
It is a double edged sword.
Everything in this area is totally dependant
on Okeechobee to survive,
two Ecosystems and all manner of man and beast.
But too much or too little water and the whole
area becomes dysfunctional,
nothing works in harmony anymore and all suffer.
To survive, we must all be in balance with one
What is the line from Avatar?
"They killed their Mother."
Lake Okeechobee Water Levels Continue to Drop
May 19, 2011
Endangered Species Day May 20, 2011
This Friday May 20, 2011 is Endangered Species Day
and it will be a perfect day
to reflect on the many successes of past imperiled
Wildlife like the Bald Eagle,
which, if you are lucky enough to live in Florida,
can be seen every day
all over the state, doing what they do best, just
On the other side of the many great steps forward
that have been made,
there still remain those who need to be protected,
like the Florida Panther.
On Friday, please do think of these beautiful wild
creatures who are a gift to mankind.
We must continue to do our very best to
provide them with a Healthy Habitat to live in.
Endangered Species Day
And for all of you Teachers:
Your Class Ready for Endangered Species Day?
May 16, 2011
Could New Bug Factory Be a Double-Edged Sword?
Will the new bugs about to be introduced into the
Everglades to eradicate
do their job or become just another nightmare for
this already beleaguered Ecosystem?
Scientists have often in the past gone awry with
their good intentions.
Can anyone remember why
Heroin was introduced by Bayer?
It was to help Morphine addicts get straight.
We all know how that went, right?
Then Cocaine was introduced to fix both the
So, what happens if these new bugs get out of hand
then turn on the Native Florida Plants and
Yes, we must do something to stop the onslaught of
invasive plants and bugs,
but is this really the best answer for the
Let's hope that they do better with the bugs than
Bug Factory to Save the Everglades
May 13, 2011
Yes, These Two Questions Are Quite Related.
Does Monsanto Want to Buy NPR to Keep Them Quiet?
Guess Which CEO Only Eats Organic?
Hugh Grant, not the English Actor, but the CEO of
the world's leading producer of GMO food
(genetically modified organics)
only buys Organic Food.
Read the complete NPR Interview with him:
Hugh Grant Interview
Bet he doesn't drink milk with Human Growth
Hormones or GM food.
This story came from the NPR, (National Public
"what is that old story about keeping your
close and your enemies closer?"
CEO of Monsanto Only Buys Organic
Why does the head of USDA Tom Vilsack
use the Monsanto Private Jet?
So, what can we do to stop the complete overtaking
world's food supply by Monsanto and their GMO?
Here is a list of ways to do just that:
15 Ways to Take a Stand Against Monsanto and Their GMO's
May 10, 2011
Exactly What is the Definition of Non Toxic?
Everyday, everywhere that we go, we are surrounded
many of which are quite toxic to both humans and
Did you know that our Government is protecting
many of the companies
who produce these toxins and we are all put at
risk with their blessings?
The myriad of childhood and pet diseases and
cancers that are so prevalent now,
were practically unheard of 50 years ago.
Because our environment was not saturated with the
number of toxic chemicals
that are now choking our water, air and
We are all subjected to what can be lethal doses
of these toxins every day
and many of us don't even know that they are
And if you are waiting for the EPA and FDA to
don't hold your breath, but then again,
maybe you should,
because the air is not what it used to be in
many places today!
Deceitful Non Toxic Labeling
May 7, 2011
What Gives Us the Right to Experiment on
I have been aware of this story for weeks and was
reluctant to put it up,
knowing that children frequently read the content
But after reading it again this morning, I feel it
If after you read it, you want to respond, to do
please know this.
There are schools everywhere, right now, that are
doing the same thing.
Where to begin?
As a lifelong animal lover, I cannot pretend that
this is sane, it is not.
Experiments on animals, any animals, are
I am a former Nurse, so for those of you who may
"but what about finding cures for disease,
I say this, if experiments to further the
understanding of diseases
need to be done, they should be done with willing
which animals clearly are not.
Many years ago, when one of my most cherished
Uncles was dying of cancer,
he went to the hospital and told them to do
anything, try anything,
that might help someone else not suffer as much as
He volunteered his life to better others.
The same is not true of animals that are captured
then experimented on until they either die or are
This is wrong and it needs to end.
How many of you would like to be treated as such?
We, the Human Race, are arrogant in thinking that
because we do not understand the language of animals,
that what they are saying is not of consequence.
Indeed, the animals are speaking to us and
for their sake and ours, we must start listening. ---GW
May 6, 2011
They've Got a New Attitude at the EPA
Why on Earth is anyone shocked by the new attitude
of the EPA,
the Ruling Republican Party in Tallahassee or
their stance on the Environment?
In a state ranked last, or next to last, in every
category connected to Education,
and that still has not passed the ERA, you would
to care about an Endangered animal or our
Florida Lawmakers, the EPA and the current
Administration are on
a new course and it does not look good for our
Education System or Endangered Wildlife.
Activists Appalled by Environmental-Law Changes
May 2, 2011
$5,000 Reward For Leads To Florida Panther
With so few left to continue their kind, it is
unspeakable that anyone, least of all a
local Floridian, who must be aware of their
desperate state of existence, could shoot
and kill the most endangered animal in this
Country, the Florida Panther.
When the reward gets high enough, the killers
friends or family
may even turn them in for the money.
Reward for Info on Florida Panther Death
April 29, 2011
Today is Save the Frogs Day
Do you think that anybody really cares?
They should care, a lot!
Frogs, like Canaries, are one of many markers on
the health of our planet.
I know this because we have
Green Treefrogs in our yard and
each year since moving here, we have watched their
These Frogs have both human and animal enemies,
the Southern Racers and other snakes that live all
and the pesticides that everybody uses in their
yards and gardens.
The snakes are doing what they always do, eating.
But when we use pesticides without thought for the
they are having on the planet, then we become the
Here are two things that you can do to make a
Sign the Letter to the Head of the EPA
April 26, 2011
Clean And Green Energy Must Be Balanced
Everyone accepts that we must wean ourselves off
of petroleum based energy,
but whichever new, clean, green choice we make,
there are significant
impacts on wildlife that must first be taken into
The answer to all of this, scientists say, is
for the sake of our
Ecosystems, we have to get it right.
These new energy choices can work for all of us
living on the planet,
humans and animals, just as long as we find the
Here are three stories to show how:
Producing Power, Protecting Wildlife
Win-Win for Wind and Wildlife
The Original Research Article
April 23, 2011
The Lake Wales Ridge
Ok, I admit this is mostly selfish, because I
happen to live in the area of this Ridge.
Millions of years ago, this narrow strip of land
was Florida's only dry land.
The Ridge was in fact a chain of islands and the
rest of Florida was under water.
It also has the highest elevation in the peninsula
of the state at about 300 feet.
If the glaciers ever do melt from Global Warming,
those of us who
live here will be the last in Florida to need a
The Lake Wales Ridge
is one of the most unique ecosystems in America.
Wondrous things can be found here,
with feet, wings and leaves that exist no where
Why you might ask, do we need to keep this narrow
piece of land safe?
Have you ever been to the Black Hills in South
These two areas share something rare, they are
What lived and lives in these two places can and
should, be studied forever.
But they will need a little help from their
friends to keep them safe,
they need you and me.
Saving the Ridge
April 20, 2011
Out Of The Mouths Of Harvard
You have read my rantings here for the past few
about what really brings the tourists to Florida
and now it would seem that others may agree.
People do not travel across the country, nor half
way across the world
to see concrete, they come here because we have,
for a little longer at least, the greatest array
of animal species
still approachable on the Planet, our Florida
Harvard says it is so, so it must be:
Endangered Species Economics
April 17, 2011
How Much Should We Spend To Save Manatees?
In Brevard County Florida, gates were recently
installed on the Canaveral
Locks Barge Canals to reduce the number of
Manatees from being crushed.
But, some local residents seem to think that too
much money was spent.
Brevard County has the highest number of
Manatee deaths in Florida,
but not all of them die in the locks, many die
every year from boat strikes
and many more died this year from the extreme
Should we treat wildlife deaths like the car
companies do with humans,
and call their deaths, "Acceptable Losses?"
So, what amount is the right amount to spend?
Can you really put a number on cruelty?
Spent to Prevent Manatees from Being Crushed
April 13, 2011
Is GE, Genetically Engineered, Food A Runaway
Several days ago I watched a Documentary on TV
(Genetically Engineered) Food and Monsanto, et al.
This was the first time that I had seen the film
impact that it had on me was both crushing and
The abusive, disgusting treatment of the animals
was sickening and vile.
The information presented was very difficult to
see and even harder to learn about.
On this Blog, I have repeatedly pointed out the
kinds of activities Monsanto
and others in the field of GE Food have been
taking part in for years.
Now in one brief moment of film, all that I
feared, was presented so swiftly,
with no time for catching a breath, no chance to
just slapped in the face and knocked on your
You had to just deal with it.
I had felt since beginning this Blog, that perhaps
I was just a little too critical of Monsanto
and others in regard to their products and their
involvement in the production of our food.
I worried about the effects that these companies
were having on all life on this planet.
Now, I can absolutely say that I did not go far
The situation is much, much worse than I ever
could have known.
I am sickened to have to encourage people to see
something with the very, very
difficult content of this film, but what if no one
ever finds out?
What if we wait too long to act?
What if it is already too late?
If you are unable to watch this Documentary online
here, please find it,
rent it, download it, or go buy it.
But, for the sake of every living thing on this
Earth, please see it.
Life Running Out of Control
This Documentary is not
fit for children or the faint of heart, under any conditions!
Learn more here:
The Center for Food Safety
April 10, 2011
Write, Call Or Fax, Please Just Do Something, Anything!
If you have never written a letter to a Public
Agency like the FWS,
please let this day be your first.
The most critically Endangered Animal in Florida,
in the entire U.S., is our Florida Panther.
It has been killed by cars, shot by Ranchers and
chased out of its ancestral
homes all over Florida by greedy developers with
nothing on their minds,
but building something, anything!
Now the lawsuit fighting to protect the very last
piece of Florida Panther Habitat,
was just ruled against by a Judge, (see story
below) and the only
thing standing between its complete and total
extinction is YOU!
The man at the helm of the FWS is Mr. Nick Wiley:
Nick Wiley Executive Director
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Office Phone:(850) 487-3796 FAX: (850)
Please respond, you are their only hope now.
April 7, 2011
Federal Judge Rejects Plea For Panther Habitat
When I first moved here in 2004 from Southern
California, I was excited to see the wonderful
wildlife in abundance all over the state and the
apparent concern for living things.
Since then, I have watched as each year wildlife
gets pushed farther away
from their ancestral lands and into unfamiliar new
where their chances for survival are slim because
so many others
are already competing for the same space and food
Today Federal Judge John Steele has put Florida
one step closer to
becoming exactly like California, a place with
lots of concrete,
but very little animal life.
When the last wild Panther in Florida draws its
how can we as a species not feel guilty?
We put development, buildings, concrete and Golf
Courses ahead of their tiny
remaining speck of land and care nothing for what
we have done to them.
Gandhi once said that a Country will be judged by
how it treats its animals,
so what does this say for this Country?
For this state?
We prefer Golf Courses and Condos to the sight of
wildlife just doing what they do best, living.
Soon, Florida will have one less species to annoy
all the land developers here, the Florida Panther.
Federal Judge Dismisses Law Suit
A great story about our critically Endangered
Dead Cat Walking
April 6, 2011
Wild Fires Not As Bad For Them As They Are For
In 1998, when my parents first moved to Central
Florida there was
a devastating Wild Fire that spread across the
It pretty much wiped out everything in its path.
Although the destruction was unbelievable in human
for the plants and animals, these
fires are necessary to maintain
an ecological balance few humans
care to deal with, ever.
Read more about the fires and how they really do
benefit our Wildlife and Plantlife:
FWS Says Fires Not as Dangerous as You Think
April 3, 2011
Will Loggerheads Ever Make The Endangered List?
have been on the Threatened Species List for thirty years,
but they are still not on the Endangered List.
While the experts disagree, the Turtles and those
who want to protect them,
can only wait to see if they will finally make the
safest level, Endangered.
Although recently their nest numbers have slightly
increased in Florida,
so has development and beach front condos that
steal the places
where they have always made their nests!
Loggerheads Wait for Approval
March 30, 2011
Tree Islands In The Everglades Caused By
A recent study has shown that these Islands in
the Everglades were
a result of the accumulated trash of our
ancestors and were used by many
of the local residents then and now, human
and animal alike.
March 27, 2011
When Is A Scrub Jay Like a Termite?
This unlikely comment came from Councilman
Bill Deile in Cape Coral Florida,
while comparing the costs that might be
involved in their town's dealings
with the very endangered
Florida Scrub Jay.
The wide range of nonsensical, bordering on
callous remarks, made about the Scrub Jay,
who by the way, is our only Native Florida
Bird, by those who run this town,
are an affirmation that Wild Things or
are not terribly high on their agenda.
Another example: Thinking that a wild bird who
prefers quiet, isolated scrub lands
would be happy to relocate to a noisy, busy
Would any of these Council Members be willing
to put their bedrooms outside in this same park?
They could still carry out their
mating/courting rituals there, right?
It all seems fair to me.
Endangered Bird May Scrub City Plans for Park
March 24, 2011
Do You Know What's in Your Can Of Tuna?
If you eat Tuna as much as I do, please read
Do you know how the Tuna you eat is caught?
Do you know about Sustainable Catching?
Did you know that overfishing is eliminating
many necessary large fish?
Are you wondering why on Earth this subject
would be addressed
on a Blog about Endangered Wildlife?
Read on, you will learn....
There are different ways to catch tuna and if
it's done wrong,
many innocent sea creatures may die
Sea Turtles, Dolphins and Sharks.
What happens in the World's Oceans affects all
of us, whether we eat tuna or not.
for our Oceans
Canned Tuna Guide
Save Our Tuna
Do You Know
What's in your Can of Tuna Video
Decline of Predator Fish
March 21, 2011
Is The Endangered Species Program
With a new leader at the top, this last line
for the defenseless, may itself become
Is the man at the center of all the
controversy, Paul Souza,
merely a mouthpiece for the White House or a
man on a mission?
His past decisions say that perhaps both may
Trouble for the Endangered Species Program
March 18, 2011
It's A Big No Thank You to Golf
Courses In Panther Habitat
A Bill only just introduced last week to allow
5 new golf courses be built in
State Parks and
Panther Habitat are all done, almost before they began.
The Bill introduced by Florida Republicans
Rooney and Thrasher would
have put these golf courses in Panther
Habitat and nearly certainly
have finished off the already beleaguered
The idea for the new courses according to
Nicklaus, who would have designed and built them,
was endorsed by Governor Scott when the two
met to discuss ways to increase tourism.
We only have 1,000 plus Golf Courses in
Florida now, making us number one in the Country.
If only our Panther numbers were that high.
Can you hear the sighs of relief from the
Panthers and Wildlife Officials?
Habitat Protection Hole-in-One for the Panthers
New Bill Would Put Courses in State Parks
No Golf Courses in Panther Habitat
March 15, 2011
Who Will Stop The "Eco-Train Wreck"
As hoped for, a lawsuit has been initiated by
multiple Environmental groups
against the NPS, the DOI and the USFWS to stop
the attack on the
pristine Ecosystem known as the
Big Cypress Preserve in Florida.
And the fox most responsible for not
protecting his flock,
has just been put in charge of the hen
Florida's "Eco-Train Wreck"
This last bastion of hope for the critically
Endangered Florida Panther
and other species cannot be sacrificed for the
pleasure of recreational vehicle users.
ORV Plan Triggers Lawsuit
March 12, 2011
Panther Tracks Found
A sign of hope for the beleaguered
Florida Panther, could it be?
In an area where it historically most probably
once roamed freely,
before Humans took away it Habitats, Panther
Tracks have been found.
The sighting along the St. John's River is
fairly near us and as one can only
imagine, the hope for more is unspoken for
those who love the Panther.
Panther Tracks Found Along the St. John's River
Officials Celebrate Panther Sighting
March 9, 2011
What Was In That Glass Of Water You Just
If you live in rural Florida as we do, you
have reason to be concerned.
In our part of Florida, there are field after
field of cows
and mountains of their waste.
Florida is basically a huge aquifer and our
drinking water lies just below the surface,
so everything on the ground eventually ends up
in our water.
It rains constantly here and guess what
happens to all of that cow waste when it does?
It is filtered down right through the sand and
into out water tables.
We are reminded quite frequently on local news
to be vigilant in our use of pesticides,
fertilizers and chemicals on our lawns because
it can contaminate our water.
But I have yet to hear a single story on the
news here about all of the cows and
the mountains of their waste that must surely
be polluting into our drinking water.
Every living thing in Florida depends on
fresh, pure water for life,
human and wild, we all need water!
It would seem that California is already very
aware of this fact and hopefully
they will force this issue to front page news.
Yes, we do "Got Milk"
, but what we need is clean drinking water!
Massive Pollution from California Dairies
March 6, 2011
This Is The Way It Should Be~
In the world of Endangered Species, the
Whooping Crane is at the
top of the list.
The future of this and so many Endangered
Animals depends on whether or not
we get it right and how soon!
So, when two countries like America and Canada
come together for the benefit of
a rare and beautiful creature, the result can
The heroic efforts of many people from our
countries just may hold the
greatest hope yet for the Whooping Cranes and
it would seem that this time,
we may have gotten it right and it just might
Whooping Crane Population Gets Baby Boost
March 3, 2011
It's Turtle Time In Central Florida!
After spending the last 3 days at Flagler
Beach looking in vain for Right Whales,
came home to find out that the Nesting Season
for our East Coast Turtles has begun.
Volusia and Brevard Counties are revving up
for what could be a great season
Lights Out Campaign is now underway.
Caution: Sea Turtle Nesting is Starting
February 26, 2011
Genetically Engineered Food, Monsanto
It would appear that Monsanto doesn't want too much, just to
take over how and what the World eats!
Right now, they are claiming that GE Food is the answer to
all of the Worlds Food Problems.
Should we continue our dependency on their vast array of
Chemicals and Pesticides
and allow them to flood the World Food Market with GE Food?
The Chemical and Pesticide overuse/abuse for the past 50
years is altering Human and
Animal DNA and putting even more of them and us in danger of
We need fewer Chemicals and Pesticides on this Planet, not
Read this story and make your own decision:
Monsanto Wants to Sell You a Better Way to Eat
February 23, 2011
Making Memories With Manatees
If you have never seen the Florida
West Indian Manatee at Blue
Park in Orange City, maybe you could travel to the Other
and watch them at the
Crystal River Wildlife Refuge.
Many years ago when my children were quite young, we were so
to have had the unforgettable pleasure of swimming with
The encounter left us breathless.
They love human touch it would seem, coming close, nudging
us, exploring us, no fear.
This is remarkable, considering that Humans contribute to
their deaths so frequently,
boats strikes and fishing line entanglements being the
But, the biggest contributor to their demise this year, was
cold weather during December and January that killed
Thankfully, the weather is warming, Spring is coming and
are once again gathering at their favorite places to enjoy it
Now is the perfect time to take a trip to one of these spots
and share the world of the Florida Manatee.
Come make memories with your children!
Taking a Swim with the Gentle Giants
February 20, 2011
Millions Will Stay In Budget For Everglades
President Obama has promised money from his
Florida's Endangered Wildlife and the Habitat
that they and
so many others endangered animals call home,
the Big Cypress
Preserve and the Everglades.
The Everglades Restoration Project
But, all of this good news is tempered by the
opposition to saving land
for wildlife by local hunters, fishermen and
air boat tour owners:
Project Draws Fierce Opposition
In the end who will win this battle?
Probably those with opposable thumbs who can
February 17, 2011
Crane's Struggle To Survive
The future for this magnificent Bird just has
to get better.
It has been through so much for so long and
it is only trying to stay alive.
But ignorance and stupidity follow it
everywhere it goes!
Bullets Shatter Whooping Crane's Progress
February 14, 2011
The National Park Service Blows It
The Florida Panther
is running out of room and one of
its last best hopes for space in the
Big Cypress Preserve,
was just squashed by the NPS:
The National Park Service has Failed
NPS Director Jarvis has taken a stand against
the Panther and
we need to make it clear to him that the
Florida Panther cannot,
and will not, go the way of the DO-DO
Please read this letter by Florida Congressman
sent to NPS Director Jarvis:
Letter to NPS Director Jarvis
If you agree with the letter, please call Rep.
Hastings contact person:
Laure Fabrega at 202 225-0923.
Also, please call NPS Director Jarvis' contact
Maria Forte at 202 208-4621.
They both need to understand that Floridians
think that the lives of
our Endangered Panthers are more important
Off Road Vehicles (ORV) to take away their
last tiny space of open land.
February 11, 2011
A Special Day For Florida's
Although we love to think that this beautiful
bird belongs just to us
here in the Ocala Forest, we must share it
with the rest of Florida!
The Scrub Jay
is found ONLY in Florida and it must be protected
from the encroaching Human population on its
A Festival for the Scrub Jay
February 8, 2011
FWS Final Conservation Plan
For an insiders look at the way the FWS
their conclusions regarding the future of
Florida and a brief history lesson on
Federal Register: Lake Wales Ridge NWR Final Conservation Plan
February 5, 2011
Boat 1, Manatee 0
A Merritt Island man who has repeatedly been
fined for speeding
Slow Zones, has lost his boat.
This first ever Court Case resulting in fines,
penalties and seizures,
will hopefully give others who do the same
pause to think.
Manatee Killed by Repeat Offender
February 2, 2011
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
is now accepting ideas on how best to
"Until March they will listen to
Information and data on any of the 60 species.
Send information to: Management Plans,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission,
620 South Meridian St., Mail Station 2A,
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600
or e-mail to
Responses will be accepted until midnight
Sunday, March 20."
Read more about it here:
FWC Seeks Information for Species Management
January 31, 2011
Is Florida State Representative
Trudi Williams Right About The Panther?
Florida State Representative Trudi Williams, R-Fort Meyers, who
House Committee on Wildlife (FFWCC) says that she
thinks the Florida Panther
should no longer receive special
She says that she has received complaints from her areas about
Ms. Williams also thinks that because the
Florida Panther has been
Texas Cougars that they are no longer really Florida Panthers
and therefore need no special protection.
she understood the reasoning for this breeding, she would know
the African Cheetah, the Florida Panthers
breeding/gene pool had become
so small that they were no longer
able to produce viable offspring and that
the Texas big cats
were their only hope for survival:
Texas Cougars Save Florida Panthers from Extinction
Considering that all that remains of this Florida State Mammal is
100 or less,
can she be serious about them not being in danger of
during our lifetime?
think that Rep. Williams is wrong, please feel free to call or
her and let her know how you feel.
Tallahassee Phone: (850) 488-2047 Fort Meyers Phone: (239) 433-6775
the whole story here:
State Rep Assails Florida Panthers
Lawmaker Questions Panther Protections
January 29, 2011
One Small Victory For Sea Turtles
Although a recent lawsuit will benefit
Sea Turtle Habitats,
there are still numerous other battles to be
It is an uncertain world for this species who
have to fight
with development for every inch of land that
Humans need to show wildlife that they matter.
Victory for Florida's Threatened and Endangered Sea Turtles
January 26, 2011
242 Sea Turtles Released Into Gulf
242 cold stunned Green
were released into the Gulf of Mexico this week.
Volunteers had collected the Turtles in St.
Joseph's Bay and after
being brought back to health, they were
released in Gulf County.
Your Specialized Florida License Plate money
is hard at work here
protecting this and many other Endangered
Please keep this in mind when you renew your
Sea Turtles Released into Gulf
January 24, 2011
Finally, The EPA Is Sued!
At last, some accountability may occur within
those Government Agencies
who bear the most responsibility for keeping
and the Endangered Wildlife within it, safe!
Three different writers cover the same vital
EPA Sued Over Pesticides, Endangered Species
Lawsuit Says Pesticides Threaten Florida Wildlife
Pesticides Poison More than 200 Endangered Species
January 21, 2011
It was a Very Good Year for
Turtle Nests in Florida
Although the extreme cold weather and the Gulf
Turtles numbers last year,
nests found along Florida's Coasts have
Biologists Find More Nests
January 17, 2011
News For Florida's
Panthers Is Not All Bad!
The FWS has released its latest facts on the
Panther and one
look at the numbers chart from 1981 to
reveals that the Panthers numbers are
The huge efforts to protect and restore this
beautiful animal are the main
reason for these great statistics, but it's
too soon to become complacent.
The Florida Panther
along with the Whooping Crane
still the most endangered animals in the
FWS Statement on Panther Population Size
January 14, 2011
Tragedy In Georgia
Whooping Cranes were found
shot to death in
South Georgia last month. It is tragic to
think that these Birds were
killed for any reason, but considering their
the future of the
Whooping Crane is now in
Endangered Cranes Killed in Georgia
January 10, 2011
Developer Helps To Save
As any regular reader here knows, I am not a
huge fan of developers, but again,
one has come forward to do the right thing for
wildlife and they need to be commended.
The company is Minto and they are
saving the lives of an endangered creature,
the Gopher Tortoise
and one can only hope that behavior like this is a new trend?
As the so-called higher form of life on this
planet, humans need to start
acting the part and doing all that we can to
protect those who have no voice.
If you have a moment, please call
Minto and say, thank you!
Developer Helps Transport Gopher Tortoises
January 6, 2011
New Grant Brings Millions Of
longleaf pine Seedlings To Florida
These ancient trees at one time numbered in
the millions throughout the south,
today there are very few of them left
This beautiful tree has been decimated by
logging for over a century
and the affect of this on wildlife was/is as
The longleaf pine
is/was a valuable habitat for endangered birds and
its restoration may help to bring some of them
Longleaf Pine Seedlings
January 1, 2011
Entangled Whale Set Free
A very fortunate
Right Whale begins the new year
with the gift of life from a team of Florida
Right Whale freed off Coast of Daytona Beach
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