Category Archives: People and the Bay

Pilot program re-creates low-salinity habitat

Once upon a time, when Florida panthers and black bears still freely roamed the Tampa Bay watershed, more than 300 creeks and rivers supplied the estuary with fresh water, creating low-salinity habitats that supported the vast maj...

Profile: There’s something about Mary

Tampa Bay’s Mary Mangiapia becomes the first woman to through-kayak 1,500 miles around Florida By Marcia Biggs When the 300-mile Everglades Challenge sea kayak race from St. Petersburg to Key Largo was cancelled in early March due...

Mark Rachal: Audubon sanctuary manager

Growing up in Chicago, Mark Rachal wanted to be a zookeeper. About 25 years later, he’s manager of Florida Audubon’s Coastal Island Sanctuaries, including islands named the state’s most important bird colony by the Florida Fish an...

Jan Platt: The Young Girl and the Sea

By Sigrid Tidmore When Jan Kaminis Platt was born in 1936, she already had sand in her shoes and salt water in her veins. She came by these traits honestly, having a Norwegian whaler for a great-grandfather, a Greek grandfather st...