wildlife

Florida Wildlife Officials Offer Exotic Pet Amnesty Program

Oct 15, 2019

Floridians with exotic animals, both legal and illegal, are being offered pet "amnesty," to turn in animals for which they can no longer care.

By Jessica Meszaros

A new study describes the future mass redistribution of plants and animals on Earth due to climate change. 

 
The research conducted by the University of Florida and the University of Tasmania appears in the journal Nature Climate Change.
 
An author of the study says Florida is already experiencing this migration due to global warming.
 
Brett Scheffers, a professor of wildlife ecology at UF, spoke with WUSF's Jessica Meszaros.

An increase in whale shark sightings off the coast of Sarasota is helping Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium scientists learn more about them.

A cleanup of one of the most urban - and polluted - streams running through Sarasota began Saturday.  We visit one condominium, whose residents not only asked for help to restore Phillippi Creek - but are helping to pay for it, as well.

 


To lower the potential spread of disease, state wildlife officials want Florida residents to keep their bird feeders clean. They’re already getting multiple reports about sick or dead songbirds of a certain species in the North Florida area in the last month.

ROBERT NEFF (WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)

Officials are trying to figure out why pelicans are dying in St. Petersburg.

13 New Critical Wildlife Areas Approved By FWC

Nov 17, 2016
WMFE

Florida wildlife authorities approved new protected areas Wednesday for some of the state’s most iconic and imperiled bird species.

People across 10 Florida counties have been issued citations and warnings for illegally selling animals online, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. Some of the animals for sale included ball pythons, spiny lobsters and lovebirds. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission targeted people who were either selling animals without a license, or peddling creatures that are illegal to sell. 

After 112 manatees, 52 dolphins and 300 pelicans died in Florida’s Indian River Lagoon, researchers began looking for answers. One found a concoction of toxins on seaweed eaten by the dead manatees, but that didn’t explain why the dolphins and pelicans, which eat fish, are dying as well.