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  1. Mote Marine founding director Eugenie Clark dies at 92

    Water

    Eugenie Clark, whose childhood rapture with fish in a New York City aquarium led to a life of scholarly adventure in the littorals and depths of the Seven Seas and to a global reputation as a marine biologist and expert on sharks, died Wednesday at her home in Sarasota, Florida. She was 92.

    Dr. Eugenie Clark, a marine biologist and shark expert, in 1951. [The American Museum of Natural History via The New York Times]
  2. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers orders builder to pay $30,000 penalty

    Wetlands

    The Army Corps of Engineers has ordered a Lennar Homes subsidiary to pay a $30,000 administrative penalty for failing to rebuild and protect wetlands during construction of the Concord Station neighborhood in Land O'Lakes.

  3. 19 manatees stuck in drainage pipe returned to lagoon

    Wildlife

    SATELLITE BEACH — Rescuers working late into the night freed 19 manatees stuck in a storm drain.

    Rescue workers comfort two manatees saved from a drain pipe Monday night in Satellite Beach before they were returned to the Indian River Lagoon. Officials don’t know how long the 19 animals were in the drainage system.
  4. Rescuers free 19 manatees stuck in drain in Satellite Beach (w/video)

    Environment

    SATELLITE BEACH — Rescuers working late into the night freed 19 manatees that were stuck in a storm drain in central Florida.

  5. Photo gallery: Palm Harbor veterinarian cares for bald eagle that collided with car

    Wildlife

    PALM HARBOR — The female bald eagle was likely trying to land near some road kill when it collided with the car that broke its right wing, the vet says.

    Avian veterinarian Joel Murphy, DVM, examines a female bald eagle on Monday at the Palm Harbor Veterinarian Animal and Bird Medical Center of Palm Harbor after repairing the bird's wing which was broken when it struck the windshield of a car earlier Monday in Tarpon Springs. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]
  6. Hernando getting a growing number of questions, concerns regarding coyotes

    Wildlife

    It turns out that not just roadrunners have problems with wily coyotes.

    Hernando County residents say wild coyotes have been stalking them and their pets.
  7. Sandpipers search for a snack at Stevenson Creek tidal estuary

    Wildlife

    DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

    Sandpipers wade into a section of the Stevenson Creek tidal estuary on Thursday in Clearwater while searching in the sand and mud for small invertebrates to pick out and eat. Different species of sandpipers have different lengths of bills, which enable different species to feed in the …

    A group of sandpipers wade into a section of the Stevenson Creek tidal estuary on Thursday (2/12/15) in Clearwater while searching for small invertebrates which the shorebirds pick out of the sand and mud. Different lengths of bills enable different species of sandpipers to feed in specific coastal habitats, eliminating direct competition for food between species.
  8. Photo gallery: Sandhill cranes make a stop on way back home

    Wildlife

    CECILIA, Ky. — Sandhill cranes have been migrating through Kentucky long before anyone settled in the state. The cranes stopped here for a few short weeks on their way to and from their nesting grounds in the Great Lakes region.

    Sandhill cranes begin to stir after resting for the night at a roosting location along their winter migration route in Cecilia, Ky. According to counts made by biologists with the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources, about 12,000 of the birds have stopped in Cecilia during their winter northward migration on their way to their nesting grounds in the Great Lakes region. [Photo by David Stephenson | Associated Press]
  9. Florida GOP leaders have stopped taking King Ranch trips from U.S. Sugar

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — This month marks the height of hunting season at the majestic King Ranch in Texas, where some of Florida's top elected officials have visited, courtesy of U.S. Sugar.

    Incoming Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Trinity, says that, unlike his predecessors, he will not revive the King Ranch hunting trips as part of his job raising money for the 2016 House races. “I want the fundraising to be open and transparent,” Corcoran said.
  10. Florida likely to bring back bear hunting

    Wildlife

    Big-game hunters, gather up your ammo. Just two years after taking bears off the state's list of imperiled species, Florida wildlife commissioners agreed Wednesday that they want to bring back a bear-hunting season for the first time in more than 20 years.

    The Florida black bear has increased in number, and maulings of humans are up.