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Going green

  1. Off on another adventure (w/video)


    SCOTT KEELER | Times

    Indiana Jones, a young loggerhead, gets the paparazzi treatment as Clearwater Marine Aquarium staff and volunteers release her and another rehabilitated sea turtle into the Gulf of Mexico at Fort De Soto Park's North Beach on Tuesday. In April, the aquarium's nesting patrol found her …

    Clearwater Marine Aquarium staff and volunteers released two rehabilitated sea turtles into the Gulf of Mexico at the north beach, Ft. DeSoto Park, Tuesday, September 30, 2014. "Indiana Jones," a sub-adult Loggerhead, front, moves toward the surf using her flippers. She was found half buried on Indian Shores, April 25, 2014 by the aquarium's nesting patrol. The turtle was emaciated, covered in barnacles, and was barely able to lift her head to breath according to aquarium officials. She weighed 66 pounds when she was found and now weighs around 100 pounds. She was administered an IV drip for supplements and nutrition. "Jumanji," a Kemp's Ridley turtle, was also released.
  2. Swiftmud purchases environmentally sensitive Boat Spring land near Aripeka


    ARIPEKA — For years, those who have worked to protect critical natural habitat from development have eyed the marsh and hardwood hammock around Boat Spring as prime property for public acquisition. Time and again, plans to make that happen have fallen through.

  3. Flooding forces closure of Hillsborough nature preserves


    Seven Hillsborough County nature preserves are closed this week due to flooding, county officials announced Monday.

  4. Amendment 1 aims to save Florida's environmentally sensitive lands

    State Roundup

    More than two decades after Florida identified the need to save disappearing forests south of Miami, shrinking hammocks in the Keys and other sensitive land across the state, environmentalists fed up with politics getting in the way of conservation are taking their fight to the people.

    Backers of the Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment hope the measure will add to the state’s roster of protected lands such as the Everglades.
  5. Obama to expand Pacific Ocean preserve to 6 times the size


    UNITED NATIONS — President Barack Obama is carving out a wide swath of the Pacific Ocean for an expanded marine preserve, putting the waters off limits to drilling and most fishing in a bid to protect fragile underwater life.

    Corals in the Palmyra Atoll in the Pacific Ocean would be protected as part of an expanded marine preserve President Barack Obama is carving out, putting the waters off limits to drilling and most fishing in a bid to protect fragile underwater life. The expanded Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument will broaden the George W. Bush-era preserve to cover 490,000 square miles, an area about three times the size of California. It will become the largest marine preserve in the world.
  6. Low-speed boating zones to protect manatees proposed for Pinellas' Intracoastal


    The perennial Florida debate over which to protect — boaters or manatees? — is heating up again in Pinellas County, where state officials are proposing rules that would slow traffic along the Intracoastal Waterway.

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is reconsidering the speed limits on Pinellas' waterways given a rise in manatee deaths. Officials have identified 21 areas, including the John's Pass area, that may warrant half-mile "slow speed" zones. 
[CHERIE DIEZ    |   Times]
  7. Freud the sea turtle released back into the wild (with video)


    Freud, a green sea turtle the Florida Aquarium had been treating in partnership with USF Health for the past year and a half, was released into the wild on Monday.

    Susan Coy (front), Florida Aquarium Vet Tech and Sea Turtle Stranding Cooridinator; and Lauren Smith, a UF Veterinarian Intern; lift Freud out of a box to place him in the Gulf off Fred Howard Park Beach. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]
  8. Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful cleanup yields an embarrassment of castoffs


    TAMPA — The divers found the green sea turtle floating just south of the Ballast Point Pier, its left fin shredded and its body slightly bloated.

    Divers Jennings Casey and Ali Daddio talk to kayaker Jim Vazquez after finding a dead green sea turtle Saturday during the 27th annual Hillsborough River & Coastal Cleanup, sponsored by Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful.
  9. In southwest Florida, man and panther vie over goats and state's true nature


    NAPLES — Arturo Freyre lives among the lions.

    Mark Lotz a Panther Biologist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission helps Arturo Freyre remove the carcasses of several goats that were killed by panthers. This was the second attack that occurred on this property over the course of three days, claiming a total of four goats and one chicken.  Large panther prints and fur where found in and around the enclosures where the animals were being kept. Lotz spent several hours on the property collecting fur samples, securing pens and enclosures, and making sure the owner felt comfortable and safe.  Manuel Martinez   |   Naples Daily News (2010)
  10. What about the manatees? Group targets two U.S. agencies for dock permits


    An environmental group that frequently sues the government over endangered species issues has taken aim at the federal permitting of thousands of boat docks in Florida and how that affects manatees.

    The Center for Biological Diversity says two federal agencies are not considering the cumulative impact on manatees from the high number of Florida docks they are approving.