Floridians advised to watch out for panthers

While two new litters of three Florida panther kittens each have been reported so far in 2018, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), mortality among the endangered species also grew, with three deaths during the past two months pushing the toll to 18 for the year. The latest casualties were discovered […]

Saw palmetto berry harvesting requires state permit

As of Tuesday, July 17, anyone harvesting saw palmetto berries in Florida will be required to have a “Native Plant Harvesting Permit” issued through the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS), its Division of Plant Industry has announced. Extract derived from the saw palmetto plant’s berries has been the subject of research as […]

Big Cypress National Preserve sees wettest May on record

The past month was the rainiest May ever recorded in the history of Big Cypress National Preserve, according to hydrologist Robert (Bob) Sobczak, who works for the National Park Service there and writes a blog at www.gohydrology.org. His journal, he writes, “illustrates and celebrates the continuously changing and always interesting wetlands, waterways and watersheds of […]

Be wary and safe during alligators’ active season, FWC advises

A funny video showed up on Facebook recently, by Daniel McNamara via Storyful, that shows a resting alligator, awakened by an errant golf drive, then devouring said ball and slinking off into the water hazard. So far they haven’t been trained to fetch by Florida golf course owners, but a local trapper tells the story […]

Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Museum marks 20th anniversary and eclipse

It was a weekend of celebrations at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Museum, and Monday, Aug. 21, was a “huge, huge day for the Seminole Tribe of Florida,” according to Museum Director Dr. Paul Backhouse. The Seminole Tribe honored those who helped establish its pride and joy 20 years ago with a special, invitation-only banquet on Saturday […]