Archive for the ‘Enviroment’ Category

Posted at July 13, 2011 by Comments Off

How to turn your vessel into a solar powered boat

Okay, I'm no sailor but we do live in Florida and we have a lot of boats. Inspired by my previous post, Oh no! We missed the World's largest solar powered yacht, I've decided to figure out how we turn all of our floating friends into an ode to solar power and the environment. Greening South Florida's marianas starts with powering our boats in an eco-friendly way. Why not solar? It's benefits include: Fuel savings (gas is getting too expensive!) No more noise (its annoying) Reduced carbon emissions (yay!) Reduced risk of engine failure (i.e. permanently powered hand-helds, no more fears of being stranded at sea) Steps: Figure out how many solar ...

Virginia Key planned as Port project’s dumping site

Virginia Key Park's North Point is the targeted site for excavated debris drilled from the billion-dollar Port of Miami project. The North Point proposed dumping site is located on the northern stretch of the mostly-undeveloped 1,300-acre barrier island adjacent to a state-designated critical wildlife area. Environmentalists fear that the Port of Miami dumping proposal would undo recent efforts to restore parts of Virginia Key to its natural state. Virginia Key is one of the last remaining condo-less islands with mangrove, wetland, and (recently restored) tropical hardwood hammock habitats in the Miami Downtown area. ...

Posted at June 28, 2011 by Comments Off

Roseate Spoonbill nests decrease

This is the third in Quirky Flamingo's series on how Everglades Restoration would change the wildlife and landscape of South Florida's River of Grass: A 2010 study overlooked by the local media shows that the overall number of Roseate Spoonbill nests in the Everglades watershed was more than 60 percent lower than wildlife officials had set as a threshold for the Spoonbill's recovery. A copy of the report can be found here on the Web page for the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force (SFERTF).

Posted at June 25, 2011 by Comments Off

Hold the line: Fight to preserve our city’s wetlands

Developers are once again lobbying to move the Urban Development Boundary (UBD) in Miami-Dade to accommodate a 961 acre development of about 7,000 cookie cutter homes, Parkaland, 2.5 miles from Everglades National Park. They argue the region is out of build-able land and must make room for future expansion. A fabulous idea. Like a fat kid asking his mother for a bigger pair of pants because he does not have the discipline or goodwill to go on a diet. Unfortunately, the Quirky Flamingo has no sympathy for gluttons. Daily Business Review: In addition to thousands of homes, the proposed community would include 200,000 square feet of retail space, ...

Posted at June 20, 2011 by Comments Off

Unknown Future: Troubles on horizon for endangered Everglades Snail Kite

This is the second in 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 population has been declining steadily since 2001, and one scientific model projection puts the species on a track towards near extinction in 2030 if conditions don’t change. That means fewer than 50 Snail Kites by as early as 2030. “The bottom line is the population is not doing well. That is not an overstatement, it is an understatement," said UF Research Ecologist ...

Posted at June 15, 2011 by Comments Off

Rescued Florida panther, now 12 months old, will graduate to the wild

The rescued Florida Panther Kitten that I wrote about last month is set to be released into the wild soon. "He's grown up," Steve Steve Shurter, Director of White Oak Conservation Center, said Monday. The kitten, now 12 months old and about 85 pounds, was rescued from the Big Cypress National Preserve in the fall after its mother was killed. The Big Cypress National Preserve Panther Rescue Team, along with volunteers, rescued the kitten. The kitten was scrawny and malnourished, unable to hunt on his own. After spending several months at ...

Posted at June 12, 2011 by Comments Off

Wood Stork is one Indicator of our Wetlands’ Health

I'm always glad to see one of these endangered wading birds gliding overhead. These graceful birds are an indicator of the health of our natural environment here in South Florida. I was hiking along when I looked up just in time to catch the striking white and black plumage of this Wood Stork gliding above like a plane. Wood storks were listed on the Federal Endangered List in 1984. Their low population size ...

Posted at June 09, 2011 by Comments Off

Nature photo: Fire Scar

    I liked this photo for the contrast in colors under the overcast sky. It also shows how fast the brush grows back after a fire, likely a prescribed burn here at Seacrest Scrub Natural Area. Not too far down the trail, a few saw palmettos were still black but resprouting. Here is another pine branch nearby: Photos By Roger Real Drouin

Posted at June 08, 2011 by Comments Off
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Trouble on Lake Okeechobee for endangered Snail Kites

For those of you who have been following the recent story about the Everglades Snail Kites and how they are being impacted by water pumping from Lake Okeechobee, the National Audubon Society posted a full report and started an online petition against the pumping. The Snail Kite, which is impacted by water levels and the vitality of the apple snail, is an indicator of the health of our natural environment here in South Florida, and right now there are facing many threats, including SFWMD's water-pumping from Lake Okeechobee. It’s important that our state’s leaders are aware of how our actions ...

Posted at June 06, 2011 by 1 Comment
Category : Enviroment
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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 ...

Posted at May 26, 2011 by Comments Off