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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Trust No One~

A magnificent Florida Panther Picture credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers   On our news this morning was a completely unexpected revelation. It came, they said, from the Executive Director of the FWC although, they did not mention Nick Wiley by name. Was this an accident, or requested? It seems that Nick Wiley may or may not have […]

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 […]

Wiley’s Whims!

Our magnificent Florida Panther Photo credit: Florida Panther page   According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a whim is: ” a capricious or eccentric and often sudden idea or turn of the mind.” Lately, it appears that Nick Wiley is having a turn of the mind, or rethinking many things, including, Panthers, Black Bears, to hunt or not to hunt […]

Armadillo Awareness

A Nine-banded armadillo in the  green swamp in Central Florida Picture credit: http://www.birdphotos.com   On our local ABC News this morning, came a story that sent shivers down my spine, once again. Unless you live in the Southwest or Florida, you may have never heard of, or seen an Armadillo. The images on TV this morning were […]

Holding on~

                A Miami Blue Butterfly                                                        A Schaus Swallowtail Butterfly Photo credit: FWC/M.Wisnieski                                        Photo credit: FWS   At first glance this morning, the first story below, gave rise to a tiny hope for two critically endangered, if not already extinct Florida Butterflies, but alas, upon reading it, the two that I had been […]

Marjory, Miccosukees and Memories

Marjory Stoneman Douglas in 1983, canoeing with a Miccosukee Tribal member at the Miccosukee Cultural Center in the Everglades, near Forty mile Bend. Photo credit: Florida State Archives   Our beloved Everglades are about to be put under siege and attack once again from greedy, selfish developers and oil mongers. After the myriad of deceitful,  destructive insults that have been inflicted on one of the […]

A Sturgeon Warning

An Ancient Gulf Sturgeon Photo credit: USFWS   This will be quite brief/abrupt and to the point. We had an unnecessary tragedy here over the Holiday weekend. A 5-year-old child was killed by a Gulf Sturgeon jumping into the boat she and her family were in. It happened on the Suwannee River near Tallahassee in the Florida […]

Mixed Blessings

A magnificent Florida Panther Picture credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers   On our news this morning were at first glance what appeared to be three happy/good stories. After so many wildlife tragedies in the news lately, these were absolutely welcomed and needed to be shared. First the numbers for our critically endangered Florida Panther have reported to have rebounded and were cause […]

Coral Crisis

Many thousands of species call Coral Reefs home~ Picture credit: underwater universe   Yesterday on WUCF, our local PBS Channel, there was an excellent dual story about Coral Reefs and the depressing decline of them worldwide and also one about the alarming situation with Oysters. Coral Reefs are one of the most threatened and most in […]

Lovely Leatherback~

A Nesting Florida Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea Photo credit: NOAA – Public Domain   For those fortunate ones of us who live here in the tropical paradise known as Florida, the news this morning brought a rare and treasured site and story, it was of a Leatherback Sea Turtle who had recently been seen on the beach at Canaveral […]

Gone is Forever

A Green Sea Turtle Hatchling Photo credit: Manuel Heinrich Emha   As someone who has in the past,  been  fond of deep-fried shrimp, as of today, it is off of my menu, forever! I try very hard to be a vegetarian, but alas, shrimp was a guilty weakness, but now, no more. In my mail this morning was […]

Bison and Bears, the connection~

Wood Bison in Wood Buffalo National Park in Alberta, Canada Picture credit:  Laura Kaupas.   As you may have noticed, there has been a two month gap in postings here. The reason is that my heart has been broken over the imminent approval of Hunting our beautiful Florida Black Bear. The final, fateful decision is expected in […]

Double Entendre or Controlled Florida Bear Hunting

And coming soon to Florida! Picture credit: William A. Troyer – US Fish and Wildlife Service   In the little publicized, poorly defined FFWS meeting in Jacksonville yesterday, not much was really accomplished or confirmed about the plan to renew Black Bear hunting in this state. We still do not really know exactly how, when, where or what is going […]

No, No, No!

A magnificent Florida Black Bear   Update: The FFWS Meeting will be tomorrow at 8:30 AM at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Jacksonville, 225 East Coastline Drive on the Third floor. Phone number is 904 588-1234 Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission • Farris Bryant Building 620 S. Meridian St. • Tallahassee, FL  32399-1600 • […]

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