Archive for May, 2011

Posted at May 26, 2011 by Comments Off

Panther Kitten Rescued, and Learning to Hunt on Its Own

I wrote about the Florida Panther kittens that died in the Jarhead Big Cypress forest fire, so now I’m glad to report on another panther kitten that was lifted out of harm's ways twice. The kitten was first rescued by wildlife officials and volunteers in October after his mother was killed in a fight with another panther, and again rescued after a tree fell on his pen at a recovery facility in northeast Florida. The panther, still less than six months old, is back at the White Oak Conservation Center learning how to hunt and capture prey on its own, according to ...

Food Truck Urbanism

  Improving the livability of South Florida starts on the street. Street food gets people out on the street. Despite complaints, food trucks have great potential in South Florida cities. If not for what they are—gourmet food at bargain prices—for what they could be. Food trucks are a way to: Support small, locally-owned businesses and start-ups Empower our ethnically diverse communities to showcase their culinary offerings Provide bargain lunches for office workers, students and budget ...

Posted at May 25, 2011 by Comments Off

How Glades Restoration Would Impact One Snail-Loving Hawk

This is the first in the Quirky Flamingo's series on how Everglades Restoration would change the wildlife and landscape of South Florida's River of Grass. The Everglades Snail Kite would probably be one of the first species to benefit directly from efforts to return the Everglades to its natural flow. When—or if—political and budgetary hurdles are cleared, and Everglades restoration plans come to fruition, the Everglades Snail Kite would soon see an upward turn in its population of less than 800 adults.

Posted at May 23, 2011 by Comments Off

Upping the ante for Food Trucks in South Florida

South Florida's food-truck frenzy is a testament to the area's entrepreneurial spirit. As far back as 2009, many in South Florida began to catch-on to a national trend and an intelligent business proposition—food trucks were an answer for burgeoning restaurateurs who did not have the start-up capital to risk on a brick-and-mortar business. They took advantage of the ambiguity surrounding regulatory structure and offered affordable eating options, in the midst of a recessionary economic environment. Urban planners embraced food truck’s ability inject new energy into land-use politics and revive blighted communities. While foodies reveled in the options—a budding network ...

Posted at May 23, 2011 by Comments Off

May 20 is Endangered Species Day

May 20, 2011 is Endangered Species Day. Perhaps the most famous endangered Everglades critter is the Florida Panther. In the spirit of the day, we're re-posting a great article on the Panther by independent journalist Bob Berwyn. Last Stand for the Florida Panther? By Bob Berwyn SUMMIT COUNTY — Florida panthers are close to making their last stand in the swampy grasslands and forests of the Everglades. At least 23 panthers were ...

Posted at May 19, 2011 by Comments Off

Sun setting at Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

The thick clouds draped over the horizon have made for some wonderful Galdes sunsets the past few days. It was a little cooler, dropping down a few temps as the sun dropped.  Of course early evening is the best time to see wildlife, and up in the dusk sky I spotted an Everglades Snail Kite, Pileated Woodpecker, Red-headed Woodpecker, and dozens of herons and bitterns, as ...

Posted at May 19, 2011 by Comments Off

Photo from the Big Cypress Fire

Everglades photographer John Brady captured this telling photo from the Big Cypress forest fire last week. 37,000 acres of the Big Cypress Preserve burned for several weeks during the Jarhead Fire. Brady, of Everglades Gallery, went out to the Glades at dusk last Wednesday to shoot this photo on the southeast corner of the forest fire. The fire was started by a lightning strike April 26, and the fire was 95-percent contained by the end of last week. Although the blaze decreased visibility as far east as South Beach ...

Posted at May 17, 2011 by Comments Off