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  1. First nest signals start of sea turtle season in Pinellas County

    Wildlife

    REDINGTON BEACH

    Mike Anderson is supervisor of sea turtles and aquatic biology programs for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, so you'd think finding a sea turtle nest is just another day on the job.

    Dan Larremore, an environmental specialist for the Florida Park Service, walks the north end of Honeymoon Island to checks for sea turtles and nests early Tuesday. Pinellas County’s first nest of the year was found Sunday.
  2. Sierra Club seeks federal protection for Florida's aquifer

    Water

    Florida's aquifer needs special protection from being overpumped, the Sierra Club contends in a petition sent to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The club's Florida chapter has filed the petition asking the EPA to declare it a "sole source aquifer," a tool to protect drinking water supplies in areas where there …

  3. Finalist for Hillsborough environment director pulls out

    Environment

    TAMPA — One of the three finalists vying to become executive director of Hillsborough County's Environmental Protection Commission asked to be removed from consideration Tuesday.

  4. Search for new Hillsborough environment director narrowed to three

    Environment

    TAMPA — The selection committee tasked with replacing Hillsborough County's longtime environment director narrowed the field of nominees on Thursday to three familiar faces.

  5. Bowen: Environmental mulligan is long overdue

    Wildlife

    Pasco County is getting a do-over on protecting the environment. Actually, make that a do-anyway. As in, we'll do it anyway, even through we probably would rather not.

  6. Workers destroy huge termite nests in Dania Beach

    Wildlife

    DANIA BEACH — Conehead termite nests the size of toaster ovens have been recently discovered in Dania Beach.

  7. Panther shot, killed; officials investigating

    Wildlife

    At first, the dead Florida panther found lying on a Collier County highway last month appeared to be yet another roadkill victim.

    Until seven years ago, intentional killings of endangered Florida panthers were very rare.
  8. Carlton: Keep your carpetbagging out of our state parks

    Environment

    Sometimes it seems like there's not enough actual Florida left.

    The Department of Environmental Protection is working on a plan that would allow cattle ranchers to take over a portion of Myakka River State Park .
  9. Study finds Everglades pythons like saltwater mangroves as much as freshwater marshes

    Wildlife

    For five years, scientists tracked the 19 Burmese pythons around the Everglades, following their radio and GPS signals. They were hoping to learn where the invasive snakes prefer to live.

    An expert demonstrates safe handling techniques with a 13-foot-long Burmese python during the kickoff of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission's 2013 Python Challenge.
  10. Tree-canopy explorer and deep-sea diver to speak Thursday at Tampa Theatre

    Environment

    TAMPA — In the dark and quiet underbelly of an Australian forest, Meg Lowman looked up. The tree-top canopies above her were the next frontier, and she was their sole explorer.