The Florida manatee, designated the state marine mammal in 1975, is among the state’s most popular native animal. Manatees are often called gentle giants. They’re slow-moving, peaceful creatures that tend to flock toward human activity in search of warmth. However, 2021 was not a good year for them. More than 1,101 of the sea mammals [...]


What do you know about red tide and how to deal with it? Probably not as much as you would like. You can change that by arranging a screening of START’s Red Tide & You PowerPoint presentation for your neighborhood, service organization or school. The half hour show answers the following five questions: What really [...]

Mark your calendar for Saturday, March 19th from 9:00 AM to Noon. That’s the date for the first annual Bird Rookery Day hosted by the Venice Area Audubon Society. March marks the peak nesting season for birds at the renowned Venice Bird Rookery and you will have a special opportunity to learn about the birds [...]

A NOAA-led report updating sea level rise decision-support information for the U.S. was released February 15th. The report, in partnership with half a dozen other federal agencies projects a century of sea level rise in 30 years. The United States is expected to experience as much sea level rise by the year 2050 as it [...]

For our many readers interested in Florida’s natural habitat, we want to call your attention to a special one-day event, Celebrating Florida’s Wild Wonders presented by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College on March 11th. The program is based on the University of Florida Press book, The Wilder Heart of Florida” edited by [...]

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