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  1. Rare video shows hungry manatee eating from tree at Three Sisters Springs

    Wildlife

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Volunteer Kathy Lemmer was telling a group of onlookers last month about Three Sisters Springs, explaining its hydrology and history with manatees, when one of the lumbering oafs emerged from the warm springs waters, lips flapping wide, and started munching on a tree.

  2. Obama vows to press ahead on Clean Power Plan after setback

    Environment

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's administration is vowing to press ahead with efforts to curtail greenhouse gas emissions after a divided Supreme Court put his signature plan to address climate change on hold until after legal challenges are resolved.

  3. NRA's Marion Hammer wants water agency abolished over gun club dispute

    Water

    The National Rifle Association's most influential lobbyist blasted a state water agency Tuesday, demanding that Gov. Rick Scott and the Legislature abolish the Southwest Florida Water Management District for what she called violations of the Second Amendment.

    George Silvernail Jr. watches as another man shoots at the Skyway Trap & Skeet Club. Pollution from lead bullets and shot fired from the club is a source of contention with the water agency.
  4. Shark attacks hit record worldwide in 2015, with Florida No. 1

    Wildlife

    Shark attacks hit an all-time worldwide record in 2015, with Florida — as always — leading the globe in the number of times sharks bit surfers, swimmers and beachfront splashers, according to researchers at the University of Florida.

    Australian surfer Mick Fanning is pursued by a shark in Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa, on July 19, 2015. Fanning punched the creature during the televised finals of a world surfing competition in South Africa and escaped without injuries. Worldwide the number of shark attacks hit 98 in 2015, according to the International Shark Attack File.  [World Surf League via AP]
  5. Homosassa water supplier fears new Suncoast leg will pollute its well field

    Water

    To some people in Citrus County, the second leg of the Suncoast Parkway would be a tremendous economic boost, spurring new development in areas now far off the beaten path.

    Two runners pass underneath the Suncoast Parkway as they run along the Suncoast trail on Wednesday afternoon, January 27, 2016 in Tampa. [ZACK WITTMAN | Times]
  6. Sinkhole worries keep popular Lake Park closed

    Environment

    LUTZ — A friendly park ranger and the sound of songbirds usually welcome Lake Park patrons at the front gate, but lately, only a white barricade that says "Park Closed" sits at the entrance.

    Geologists will study the sinkhole at Lake Park to determine its depth and width as well as sinkhole risks elsewhere in the park. The park was closed Dec. 2 after the sinkhole opened.
  7. Video shows 'El Jefe,' only known U.S. jaguar roaming Arizona mountains

    Wildlife

    TUCSON, Ariz. — The only known wild jaguar in the United States is seen roaming around a creek and other parts of a mountain range in southern Arizona in the first publicly released video of the giant cat.

    An undated still frame taken from the first publicly released video of the giant cat, provided by the Center for Biological Diversity, the only known wild jaguar in the United States is seen roaming in a mountain range just south of Tucson "El Jefe" -- Spanish for "the boss" -- has been living in the Santa Rita Mountains 25 miles south of downtown Tucson for over three years, according to the Center for Biological Diversity. [Center for Biological Diversity via AP]
  8. Lawmakers want up to $200 million annually for 20 years to clean Everglades

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — After Florida lawmakers drew two lawsuits and bad publicity last year for diverting Amendment 1 money to salaries and expenses instead of devoting it exclusively to land and water conservation, a House committee approved a measure Thursday that not only attempts to repair their record, but aims to …

    A flock of shore birds take flight off of a small key just west of Picnic Key in the Ten Thousand Islands region of Everglades National Park. Lawmakers are considering a bill requiring the state to set aside 25 percetn of all Amendment 1 funds each year to fund Everglades restoration projects over the next 20 years. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
  9. Dunedin park project needs volunteers for new phase

    Environment

    DUNEDIN — For two decades, the city, along with Friends of the Hammock, held an annual air potato roundup in January that saw dozens of volunteers work in Hammock Park removing the invasive species. The program has been so successful that efforts can be turned toward other projects, so registration is under way …

  10. St. Peters­burg's recycling program bests ex­pec­ta­tions

    Environment

    ST. PETERSBURG — Last March, when city officials were prepping City Council members on the debut of the long-awaited recycling program, Darden Rice asked how many of the city's 81,000 or so households were expected to participate.

    Anthony Brown, who is a lead man on one of St. Petersburg’s recycling trucks, moves a bin in June. The city hoped to recycle 9,800 tons in its first year but is on pace to top 12,000.