Category Archives: Ecosystem Restoration

On invasive species, Darwin had it right all along, study shows

Dov Sax of Brown University and Jason Fridley of Syracuse University aren't proposing a novel idea to explain species invasiveness. In fact, Charles Darwin articulated it first. What's new about Sax and Fridley's "Evolutionary Imbalance Hypothesis" (EIH) is that they've tested it using quantifiable evidence and report in Global Ecology and Biogeography that the EIH works well.…
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Clean the Everglades, win $10 million

The rise of the prize has helped define innovation in the 21st Century, triggering breakthroughs in space travel, third-world vaccinations, driver-less cars and even better movie downloads. Now the Everglades Foundation has joined the trend with its own science challenge: $10 million to anyone who can solve the chronic problem of phosphorous pollution that has…
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Loggerhead sea turtles gain miles of protected shoreline

  The federal government extended substantial protection to loggerhead sea turtles on Wednesday, designating hundreds of miles of coastline and ocean as critical habitat including beaches in Broward and Monroe counties. The areas, which cover 685 miles of nesting beach and more than 300,000 square miles of ocean, mark the largest critical habitat distinction in…
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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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