Lifeguard to the rescue…

A Nurse Shark near Ambergris Caye, Belize 11-22-2003 Picture credit: Joseph Thomas   A Fort Lauderdale Lifeguard, Szilard Janko, rescued/saved a Nurse Shark a few days ago. But it only just made our local News here this morning. Janko carefully removed a fishing line and hook from the 2 foot shark and then released it. […]

Eat this, not that!

      Human plastic waste now litters Beaches and Waters all over the world! Edible six pack holder picture credit: Saltwater Brewery Plastic trash picture credit: epSos.de   This story was on our news just before we left for Flagler Beach last week. Meant to share it when we got back, but lost track of it, until […]

Murder most foul!

This Sandhill Crane family was near our house here in the Forest a few years ago. Picture credit: Walkingfox   There was no intention to write today, it is a Holiday weekend, everyone is already at the Beaches here and happily spending time relaxing with family. Alas, not so for those who tuned into the local […]

Help us stop this madness

NO MORE ORPHANS IN FLORIDA~   This will be short and ugly/ bitter. Today many, many times, they have been blasting all over our local news about the impending, not their words, Black Bear Hunt again in the Fall. Numbers  were given, with absolutely no evidence to support how these numbers were arrived at however, 4350 Black Bears […]

The Promise~

Circus Elephants Picture credit: Wikipedia Public Domain   This morning on our News was an ugly twist to a story that had not been expected. You may remember the post written months ago about the Ringling Bros. Circus retiring their elephants to a Retirement Sanctuary here in Central  Florida. This was a source of immense  […]

Hiding the Hunters

A beautiful 300 pound Florida Black Bear hit and killed near our home here in the Ocala Forest. Picture credit: USFS Carrie Sekerak   So much for transparency from the King of backroom deals and hidden agendas, or the Governor of what is now known as the sad state of Florida for all wild animals. […]

A River Otter Rescue

River otters,  (not the ones in the story):  Lontra Canadensis Picture credit: Dmitry Azovtsev   This morning there was a sweet story on our local TV news about three tiny river otter babies who were rescued recently and right now are fighting for their lives. It was disappointing that after spending  most of the day calling […]

Creeping Indigo

Creeping Indigo Picture credit: Habitat for Horses   If this name means nothing to you, and you own horses, be thankful. You are lucky! This is the name of a local weed that is quite toxic and has been killing horses and other grazing animals all over Florida for years. First the story was on our local […]

Packing Up the Pachyderms~

A Circus elephant in 1930, a life spent in silent suffering and servitude!   It has been painful not being here, but the reasons were clearly out of my control. 2014 was a difficult year for me, but my issues were nothing compared to Breanna’s. As of right this moment, we are both mended and well. […]

Will Steverson Stay Or Go?

Silver Springs, Nature’s Underwater Fairyland Picture credit: Florida State Memory Archives   The controversial, Scott nominated, head of the Florida DEP, Jon Steverson, is like a “bird on a wire” at the moment. He has previously failed to be confirmed for this appointment by the Governor and if he is rejected, or fails to be confirmed […]

It Is Over!

A beautiful Black Bear Cub. Will we ever see another one? Picture credit: Unknown   Score Scott and Company ONE, Florida Black Bears  Zero! I had to compose myself before writing this, it took some time. Yesterday in Tallahassee, Judge Reynolds, who I am reasonably sure was appointed by Scott, said that the FWCC had every right and indeed, every responsibility to order […]

Can We Trust You?

Forest elephants (Loxodonta cyclotis) in the Mbeli River, Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park, Congo. Picture credit: Thomas Breuer   If you have been here long, you know that over the past 3 years on WP, I have been bitterly disappointed, frequently deceived and flat-out lied to, by those who are in place to protect Global Wildlife. So, on Friday when […]

This King has left the building!

A juvenile King Cobra Picture credit:  Biomedicinal   After living in so many places before coming to Florida in 2004, it was only a matter a time before this would happen. And it did. Within a few months of moving here, there it was one day, curled up on the black mat at our back door, waiting for […]

Exquisite Everglades

The Everglades National Park Photo credit: USGS/SOFIA   One of the most revered and treasured Ecosystems in the entire state of Florida, perhaps even the United States, the Everglades National Park, has just handed down some tough restrictions for the first time in more than 30 years. This is a long, hard-fought, much overdue win for a […]

Changing Alaska

Denali, the Great One! Picture credit: Nic McPhee from Morris, MN, USA   President Obama will be in Alaska today for an Arctic Global Climate Summit. He is the first US President to visit the Arctic while still in office. His primary objective is likely to shore up support for climate change programs. But another more […]

Paynes Prairies’ Pain~

The Paynes Prairie Ecopassage Picture credit: Ebyabe   This week was our trip up to Gainesville for my latest Skin cancer check up. It was, as always, a great journey as it goes through the most beautiful part of Central Florida. My check up went well, no more new melanomas, only two minor things and I was sent off until end of November. […]

Never Forget Cecil!

Cecil the lion at Hwange National Park in 2010. Picture credit: Joe Sutherland/Wikipedia   Yesterday the Dental office of Walter Palmer, the killer of Cecil the African Lion, re-opened. The staff  announced that they are now open and serving their patients and that the Dr. is not on the premises. Not only is Palmer a murderer, he is a coward. But, what […]

A Ridiculous Award!

Governor Scott in the “Environment” he knows so little about! Picture credit: Eye on Miami ?? (not really sure)   I rarely find much humor in things that happen for the benefit of Wildlife in Florida, but this news in my email a few days ago, did make me laugh, out loud. The Global public outcry and rage about the […]

Night Lights~

The night lights of the Empire State Building in New York City, the stunning ones are linked below! Picture credit: GK 12   When I saw this yesterday, it literally took my breath away and I knew that I would be sharing it with all of you as soon as we got home this morning~ Yes, […]

A Horror of a Human

Cecil the beloved Lion in Africa Picture credit: Unknown   What can be going on in the deranged, twisted mind of this absolute monster? This gutless Dentist, Walter Palmer, from Minnesota not only finds pleasure in killing, but is also a repeat offender. His latest victim, that he reportedly paid $55,000 to hunt, was a much beloved Lion and […]

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