Florida Feature – Magnificent Frigatebirds Vacation in Florida

The 7-foot wingspan of a magnificent frigatebird is unmistakable. They dwarf other birds as they glide on air currents above coastal Florida. Our state hosts the largest frigatebird species and the only nesting colony in the United States, located in the Dry Tortugas. Their summer breeding season brings the open-ocean species in to the shore […]

Read More

Sea Lice – The Summer Dilemma

During the summer months, some swimmers in the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico encounter something called “sea lice.” While interactions with the creature causes itchy skin similar to lice bites, “sea lice” has no relation to true lice other than being animals! Sea thimbles, the true cause of the infamous “sea lice”, are a […]

Read More

Florida Feature –Baby Whelks in Mermaid’s Necklaces

This time of year, strands of what look like Hawaiian leis are scattered across local beaches. These sometimes squishy, sometimes crunchy strands can be up to three feet long. The circular pods all attached to each other have baby whelks inside! After a female whelk becomes pregnant, she slides her way into shallow water habitats […]

Read More

Florida Feature – Batty Babies

Florida Feature – Batty Babies Nature’s only true flying mammal is putting a whole lot of cute into the world this season. It’s that time of year for baby bats! Florida’s bats breed in the late fall and winter. Pregnant bats will roost together in maternity colonies and usually give birth from April to June. […]

Read More

Florida Feature – Nature’s Highway in the Sky

Twice a year, the skies around the world get a little bit busier. Not with planes, but with wildlife! Flyways serve as an aerial route for flying migrants all over the world. The Atlantic Flyway is a route for migratory birds that come from as far West as Alaska’s Arctic Coast. Over 500 species use […]

Read More