Encompassing mangrove forests, massive glaciers, active volcanoes and towering mountains, these protected areas provide adventurous visitors with a firsthand look at the unique beauty of the untouched American wild.
It had all the trappings of a typical Miami funeral. The eulogists, stifling their tears. The aria, Handel's mournful Piangero la Sorte Mia. The loud lamentations of the black laced lloradera.
Wetlands improve water quality by filtering out pollutants. Wetlands buffer against flooding and provide crucial habitat for birds and other wildlife. All of these benefits support local economies. But these marshy wonderlands are being destroyed faster than they can be restored.
Off the West coast of Florida, many magical spots line up for best beach, best shells, best wildlife, best kitschy feeling, and best quiet times. Sanibel Island wins all those prizes.
Fighting the war against invasive species is needed to secure our investment in long-term restoration goals. Machetes, herbicides, and python-sniffing dogs can take us part of the way there.
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, May 22 2014 How unusua...
As you celebrate Earth Day this Tuesday, know that something really exciting is on the verge of happening for Everglades restoration -- even if barely anyone is watching.
Restoration is a slog through a swamp of bureaucracy, a quagmire of stakeholders with different agendas, and a maze of economic and political constraints. But it must be done.
As if that wasn't enough, the special toppings don't just stop at snake, but include other swamp critters like frogs and alligator.
The first tourists in Florida arrived by boat -- Juan Ponce de Leon and his crew, 500 years ago -- and it's still the best way to see the Sunshine State.
This is definitely a good news/bad news story, another example of what happens when people and cetaceans (whales and dolphins) encounter one another. The fact is, it nearly always works out in the humans' favor.
This week, Wind Capital Group announced that it will not move forward with the Sugarland Wind Farm, a project that would have placed 124 Statue of Liberty-sized wind turbines in the Everglades Agricultural Area.
Imagine a great expanse of clear water with a soft sandy bottom, teeming with native birds and wildlife. This is what Lake Okeechobee used to be. But now, after years of pollution, Florida's great lake is hurting.
Okay, I get it. The only alligator you like is the one on your Lacoste polo shirt. Your favorite bird is either barbequed or fried. And you utterly despise mosquitos. Why then, you ask, should you care about Everglades restoration? Your water.
As we celebrate National Estuaries Week andNational Public Lands Day this week, I encourage all of you to join citizens as they gather and volunteer in coastal areas and public lands across the country.
Florida is a long and skinny state, a true peninsula. From head to toe (Pensacola to Key West) it's 832-mile long, and can be done in about 15-18 hours, on a good day.