Category Archives: Ecosystem Restoration

Tree disease sweeps through Everglades

A plant disease blazing through South Florida is killing off swamp bay trees, an important part of the architecture of the Everglades that provides food for a vast range of wildlife and traditional medicine for the Seminole Tribe. Laurel wilt disease, a fungus carried by a beetle the size of a grain of rice, has been detected across…
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Burmese Pythons Slither Home from Miles Away

Most snakes don't boast strong internal navigation systems, but Burmese pythons have evolved unusually accurate internal maps and compasses that guide them home from many miles away, according to a new report. Burmese pythons — one of the largest species of snakes in the world, capable of growing more than 18 feet (5.5 meters) long —…
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Annual manatee deaths in Florida top 800 for the first time

For the first time since records began being kept in Florida in the 1970s, the number of manatee deaths in a single year has topped 800, with two weeks remaining to the end of 2013. Numbers released by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg this week showed the number of dead…
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Deep-Sea Corals Record Dramatic Long-Term Shift in Pacific Ocean Ecosystem

Long-lived deep-sea corals preserve evidence of a major shift in the open Pacific Ocean ecosystem since around 1850, according to a study by researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz. The findings, published December 15 inNature, indicate that changes at the base of the marine food web observed in recent decades in the North…
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Endangered Florida Panther Found Shot Dead in Nature Reserve

An endangered Florida panther was found shot dead over the weekend, in the Big Cypress National Preserve, a (supposedly) protected area for wildlife. The death is significant as there are only 100 to 160 Florida panthers remaining, scientists estimate. The National Park Service is asking anybody with information to come forward. It's a crime to…
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Florida agency agrees high water in Everglades needs to be managed

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted unanimously Wednesday in Weston to push state and federal agencies to adopt a high-water emergency policy to protect plants and animals in the central Everglades. The panel backed the plan developed by commissioner Ron Bergeron — its Everglades point man — calling for time and depth limits…
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Injured sea turtle treated at Miami Seaquarium

A threatened sea turtle is being treated for a life-threatening gash to its shell after apparently being struck by a boat in South Florida, officials said Tuesday. A Miami homeowner spotted the lethargic, injured loggerhead turtle Monday in a canal that leads into Biscayne Bay, said Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Jorge Pino.…
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Amazon Deforestation Could Mean Droughts for Western U.S.

In research meant to highlight how the destruction of the Amazon rainforest could affect climate elsewhere, Princeton University-led researchers report that the total deforestation of the Amazon may significantly reduce rain and snowfall in the western United States, resulting in water and food shortages, and a greater risk of forest fires The researchers report in…
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