Category Archives: Fish & Wildlife

Kittiwake Death a Wake-Up Call

Sometimes it takes a tragedy to change the way things have always been done. It started last winter when two kittiwakes – Arctic birds seldom seen in Florida – showed up at the Sunshine Skyway Fishing Pier State Park. Birders from...

Seasons of Salt

Salinity zones support diverse wildlife [easy-media med=”1216″ size=”300,400″ align=”right”]Those of us who enjoy being outdoors on bay area waterways have noticed that the seasonal shifts in fl...

White Pelicans are Show-Stoppers in Tampa Bay

The white pelicans are clearly related to our native brown pelican, but their enormous size, stark-white plumage and tendency to travel in large flocks makes them a show-stopper for nearly everyone who sees them. Weighing up to 30...

Planned Highway Becomes Haven for Wildlife

If all had gone as planned, Honore Avenue would be a bustling six-lane highway running south from Manatee County to Englewood. Instead, the 2.5 mile section just south of busy Fruitville Road is a two-lane road bordered by bioswal...

“Snowbirds” Defend Their Feathered Friends

Like the snowbirds they never expected to become, Margaret and Steve Santangelo return to the same beach every winter. And like their feathered friends, who often nest in colonies to protect each other from predators, the Santange...