# Florida wildlife
Manatee Rescue & Rehab Partnership Members Successfully Transport Manatees To SeaWorld & ZooTampa!
Under the direction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, members of the Manatee Rescue & Rehabilitation Partnership (MRP) assisted in the transport of three manatees from Miami Seaquarium (MSQ) today. The animals were successfully transported to facilities at SeaWorld Orlando and ZooTampa, two of only three critical care centers for manatees in the United States, where they are now undergoing thorough veterinary examinations.
Nightmarish Surge in Bear Sightings Grips Florida, Residents Terrified
Orlando, Florida - A spine-chilling wave of bear sightings has plunged Florida into a state of fear and unease, as residents grapple with an alarming surge in encounters with these formidable creatures. In recent weeks, the tranquil landscapes of the Sunshine State have been transformed into a haunting scene of bear activity, leaving the unsuspecting populace on edge.
Terrifying Surge of Deadly Snake Attacks Plagues Florida
Florida, USA - A wave of terror has gripped the Sunshine State as deadly snake attacks reach an unprecedented level, leaving residents living in constant fear. Venomous predators, including the dreaded Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake and the sinister Water Moccasin, have transformed tranquil neighborhoods into zones of peril, resulting in a rising death toll and widespread panic.
Super Monarch Butterflies traveling through Florida: Millions journey to the forests of Mexico!
Millions of Super Generation Monarch Butterflies are traveling thousands of miles to a magical forest in Mexico. Those living in Northern Florida can witness these beautiful travelers as they pass through our area now through October.
Tragic Milestone: 62 Florida Panthers Killed in Vehicle Collisions Since 2021
In a tragic incident, an endangered Florida panther lost its life after being struck by a vehicle, underscoring the ongoing threats faced by these majestic creatures. This unfortunate event marks the eighth panther fatality caused by vehicular collisions in the state this year alone. Shockingly, it is the 62nd such fatality since 2021, according to data meticulously recorded by state wildlife officials.
Florida's Second-Heaviest Alligator: Colossal 920-Pound Beast Captured
In a remarkable feat of alligator hunting, a trio of skilled hunters in Central Florida may have captured the second-heaviest alligator in the history of the state. This incredible feat took place recently, and it has left the local community astounded.
Uncovering Bok Tower Gardens: A Hidden Gem
Nestled in the heart of Lake Wales, stands as a breathtaking testament to the harmonious blend of art, nature, and music. Here, Edward W. Bok, a Dutch immigrant and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, established Bok Tower Gardens. Let's learn more about this history of these serene site just an hour or so down the road from Tampa Bay.
Did You Know There Are Caimans in Florida?
Add spectacled caiman to this list of invasive species in Florida along with lionfish, Burmese pythons, and Cuban tree frogs. Actually, spectacled caimans have been reported in Florida as early as the 1950s. They have impacted the biodiversity of native wildlife in some of the most sensitive areas of the Florida Everglades. However, a University of Florida study in collaboration with state and federal wildlife agencies, is revealing how a succession of strategies can take control of an invasive species population.
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Florida's Fierce and Wild: Meet the State's Native Predators
The beaches, ecosystems, and animals of Florida's "Sunshine State" are well-known worldwide. Spectacular wildlife may be found in every corner of Florida, from the dense Everglades to the expansive coastlines. Most of Florida's wildlife is helpful to the ecosystem and doesn't pose any danger to humans, but there are a few notable exceptions. This essay explores the attractive but potentially harmful animals found in Florida, discussing their habitats, behaviour, and safety considerations.
Dive into Adventure: Discover Florida's Epic Whale Watching Hotspots
For those who enjoy whale watching, Florida, known for its immaculate beaches and diverse marine life, provides fantastic possibilities. For those looking for interactions with these gentle giants of the sea, the waters surrounding Florida provide an amazing experience, from majestic humpback whales to playful dolphins and even the occasional sighting of elusive orcas. In this post, we examine the top Florida whale watching locations and highlight the breathtaking marine displays that can be seen there.
Take on The Lionfish Challenge This Summer: Join the Fight to Stop the Invasion!
It's a summer activity only a Floridian could love. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is excited to announce the 2023 Lionfish Challenge. The Lionfish Challenge is a free summer-long lionfish tournament open to recreational and commercial competitors of all ages around the state of Florida. Even though it's the eighth year for the Lionfish Challenge,the goal remains the same: remove as many lionfish as we can in just four months.
Give Pollinators a Spring Boost: Embrace the 'No Mow Monday' Movement
Give yourself a break and help bees and other pollinators at the same time. Conservationists are encouraging people to keep the lawnmower in the shed for a few more weeks and let the bees, butterflies and other pollinators take advantage of the wildflowers sprinkled across the lawn.
"Taste the Wild: Exploring the Famous Gator Tail Spots in Florida"
Florida is the place to be if you want to taste gator tail. This distinctive and well-liked meal is a mainstay of Florida cuisine, especially in the state's south. Here are some of Florida's most well-known locations to taste gator tail.
The Coyotes Next Door: The challenges of Urban Coyotes, Feral and free-roaming cats, and Florida's Wildlife Protections
St. Petersburg’s urban coyotes: Native, beneficial, adaptable, resourceful, and not that interested in meeting you. “She just showed up! Right over there. She was really interested in our dog, Bruiser. And Bruiser was interested in her.” Marly Kinzer laughed. Living five minutes out of downtown St. Petersburg, she hadn’t been looking for coyotes. But, by living near a lake, and three wildlife preserves, she should have been. The female coyote had appeared early in the morning while Marly sipped coffee. She noticed her dog running back and forth along the fence line without barking, so she went outside to see why. Marly found a coyote playing with her dog.
Florida's Curious Creatures: Intriguing, Introduced, Invasive Species and One Colorful Native that Only Looks Invasive
Florida is a crucible of native and non-native species, including humans, that have thrived in the state’s diverse ecosystems. Warm temperatures sustain a subtropical climate that supports adaptable life. The intriguing point being that most of invasive species were introduced by humans rather than just meandering their way from far-away lands to settle Florida. These species, unlike humans, didn’t choose to be here. The State recently leaned into the pet breeding trades of 15 Species, hoping to stem the tide that came ashore years ago. The absolute ban begins in June 2024. The ban doesn’t include current pet status. It will grandfather currently kept animals in under the ban. But once your python, tegu, iguana, monitor, or anaconda passes, it will be illegal to get another.
Florida Alligators and Saltwater Crocodiles: Coexisting with our Prehistoric Neighbors in and around St. Petersburg, FL.
The Burg offers a delicious mix of sunshine, wildlife preserves, lakes, sandy beaches, and rich ecosystems supporting diverse wildlife. Urban coyotes, Muscovy ducks, raccoon, shorebirds, and possum are seasonal showoffs throughout the city and our neighborhoods. Our lakes, ponds, parks, preserves, and shores supply rest stops for all to carve out a spot to live wild, if not urbanite. Two inhabitants were here before us and before most. Alligators and saltwater crocodiles. Two reptilian species that, like sharks, have inherited reputations rather than earned them.
Nesting shorebirds Take to Gravel Rooftops for Peace and Safety
Nesting shorebirds that historically laid their eggs right on the beach sand find it harder today to complete this annual ritual without human interference. With so many people and dogs on the beaches along the Gulf Coast, the birds will often abandon their nests when disturbed.
Florida Scrub Jay Models Importance of Loving Family, Close Friends
An extraordinary type of bird found only in the Sunshine State may be exemplary models when it comes to the importance of two things that are vital to longterm health and happiness among humans: family time and socializing with others. Researchers from the Archbold Biologoical Station in Florida recently studied the Florida scrub jay. They made some fascinating discoveries about their unique, human-like behavior.