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Posted at June 12, 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

Steal with Pride (Part 2): Bicycle Infrastructure

"The bicycle is a curious vehicle.  Its passenger is its engine.” -John Howard   In more ways than one. A city with good biking infrastructure is the product of a proactive community of progressive urban planners and residents, dedicated to striking a balance between cyclists, pedestrians and cars. In 1894 New York City created the country's first bike path. Today, it is at the forefront of a pro-cycling movement that also includes cities like Minneapolis, MN, in the Midwest and Portland, OR, on the west coast. New York City's unique biking infrastructure addresses many of the city's ...

Posted at June 10, 2011 by Comments Off

Your Chance to Make Miami Even Better

If you've lived in Miami for any length of time, you probably have some ideas on ways to make it better. On occasion, you may have thought, "Why aren't there bike lanes here?" "How are people supposed to get around on public transportation that runs on this kind of schedule?" "Why live in downtown Miami when I can't find a job that pays me enough to cover the rent?" Here's your chance to voice these concerns. The Beacon Council is inviting Miami-Dade County residents to share their thoughts about their One Community One Goal project, which aims to ...

Posted at June 9, 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 9, 2011 by Comments Off

Oh no! We missed the world’s largest solar powered yacht

A quirky bit of irrelevant news... The world’s largest solar powered yacht, the “Turanor,” made a pit stop in Miami and we missed it. It was docked at the Miami Beach Marina for four days last November. CNN: Turanor" -- so-named after a word that means "power of the sun" in J.R.R. Tolkein's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy -- has so far stopped at Miami, the Galapagos Islands and Cancun, in Mexico -- the latter during the United Nations World Climate Conference. According to news coverage the boat looks like “a space ship and is covered with ...

Posted at June 8, 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

Category : Enviroment
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Posted at June 8, 2011 by Comments Off

Steal with Pride (Part1): Indie Book Stores

An independent book store is the ultimate curated experience—an experiment in relevance and an ode to individuality. Their success is dependent on stock selection, service and ambiance. And like a gourmet food market to a foodie, they provide an epicurean literary refuge to a reader. New York City's interesting network of great independent bookstores was like a trip down the rabbit hole. A January 2007 article in the New York Times Travel section titled "Independent Bookstores: Cozy, Friendly, Full of Surprises," describes it well. It reads: New York has always been known as a city capable of sating ...

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Posted at June 7, 2011 by 2 Comments

What is culture in Miami?

If you look past the for sale signs and ignore the tourist attractions, you'll find that cultural hubs are sprouting all over Miami. There are weird, creative and even eccentric activities that are producing and cultivating amazing local talent. Though I appreciate the agencies and philanthropists that have made establishments like the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and New World Symphony’s New World Center possible, I'm not talking about these people or places. Those established venues are great, but that's not where the creative ...

Category : Arts,Uncategorized
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Posted at June 7, 2011 by Comments Off

A Bike-Friendly South Miami: Let’s make it happen!

Surely South Miami bikers consider the risks before hoping on their bikes for a short ride around their neighborhood.  Aggressive drivers, congested roads and the absence of bike lanes are just a few of the things these local bikers must brave. A new online petition created by The South Florida Bike Coalition aims to help. Below is the overview: "The City of South Miami is home to more than 10,000 people and is a destination for work, play and shopping for thousands of more people across the Greater Miami area. A city that is truly bicycle-friendly is safer and ...

Posted at June 6, 2011 by 1 Comment

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 ...

Category : Enviroment
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