Environment

Florida Residents Encouraged To Include Pets In Family Disaster Plans

Florida Residents Encouraged To Include Pets In Family Disaster Plans

As a part of Florida Hurricane Preparedness Week, state emergency management officials are encouraging every pet owner in Florida to include their animals in their family disaster preparedness plan before the start of the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season. By planning for the needs of your pets, it will greatly increase the chances of their survival during disasters.

Hatchling Sea Turtles Take Enlightened Path to Survive

Hatchling Sea Turtles Take Enlightened Path to Survive

Some of the most routine habits we engage in on a daily basis can occasionally have some serious, unintended consequences for wildlife, and that is especially so for imperiled species. Beachcombers out for a relaxing walk with the family dog may not recognize the signs that their presence has become a threat to nesting shorebirds and that they should detour around the area.  Homeowners who leave a dirty barbecue grill in the backyard overnight, or unsecured trash or foodstuffs where wildlife can access it, can inadvertently create the catalyst for nuisance wildlife behaviors – with solutions that are palatable to no one. 

Final 2011 Hazardous & E-waste Mobile Collection Event, May 14

Each year, the City of Jacksonville Solid Waste Division hosts a series of five household hazardous waste and electronic waste (e-waste) mobile collection events throughout the city.  The final event in the 2011 series takes place this month.

Risk of Rip Currents along Florida's East Coast

Risk of Rip Currents along Florida's East Coast

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- State emergency management officials are urging beachgoers along Florida's east coast to beware of dangerous rip currents.

Officials say there is a high risk of rip currents from Volusia County to Miami-Dade County through Tuesday. There is also a moderate risk of rip currents from Flagler County north to Nassau County.

State meteorologist Amy Godsey encourages beachgoers to "check the warning flags before entering the water and swim within sight of a lifeguard."

When red flags are flying, swimming in the Atlantic Ocean can be dangerous.

Officials say rip currents can often move at more than 5 mph and are not always easily identifiable to beachgoers.

 

The Turtles are Coming! Sea Turtle Nesting Begins

The Turtles are Coming! Sea Turtle Nesting Begins

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Sea turtle season starts May 1, but turtles could start nesting early.

"We could have a nest tonight," explained Tara Dodson with St. Johns County. 

Last year was a record season for sea turtle nests in St. Johns County, but officials are not sure if that will continue this season.

"Because we had a record year, there's potential for us to have yet another record year if not more than what we had last year and there's the potential that the numbers could drop dramatically," said Dodson. 

Volunteers will begin monitoring the beaches looking for turtle tracks May 1.

Warm Weather Means Active Alligators and Crocodiles

Warm Weather Means Active Alligators and Crocodiles

The onset of warm weather in the spring is when Florida's alligators and crocodiles start getting active, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds Floridians and visitors to be cautious when having fun in and around water.

UNF Students Recycle Over 3,400 Pounds During RecycleMania Competition

UNF Students Recycle Over 3,400 Pounds During RecycleMania Competition

The Environmental Center at the University of North Florida will kick off the start of RecycleMania Monday, Feb. 7, with an inter-residence hall recycling competition in an effort to increase recycling and overall waste reduction on campus.

This is the third consecutive year the University has participated in RecycleMania, an ongoing 10-week friendly competition between colleges and universities nationwide, but it’s the first time the University has had a formal competition between residence halls. The winning residence hall will be rewarded with a party and free showing of the environmental documentary “No Impact Man.”