Environment

FWC Proposes Increase to Red Drum Bag Limit in Northern Florida

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) on Wednesday proposed a draft rule that would raise the recreational daily red drum bag limit from one fish to two per person in northern Florida.  In addition, the FWC is proposing to create three regional management areas for red drum and establish a statewide eight-fish red drum daily vessel limit.  The Commission also intends to develop ways to modify the red drum off-the-water possession limit.

‘Climate Change and Human Health: An Evening with Experts’ at UNF

The University of North Florida Environmental Center, Duval County Medical Society and the Florida Medical Association, in partnership with the American Medical Association and the Center for Health and Global Environment at Harvard Medical School, invite the public to a free health forum “Climate Change and Human Health: An Evening with Experts” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, at the UNF University Center on campus.
 
The public health forum helps physicians, health professionals and citizens better understand the science of climate change, the link between global climate change and local health issues, and the mitigating actions that can be taken in our daily lives and in public health policy. This program is open to the medical community, students and the general public.

Eco-Safari Themed Charity Event to Benefit North Florida Land Trust

Eco-Safari Themed Charity Event to Benefit North Florida Land Trust

The North Florida Land Trust, dedicated to preserving land for conservation in seven counties, will hold a memorable charity event on Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 7 p.m. at the J.Johnson Gallery, 177 4th Ave. in Jacksonville Beach Fla.

The Eco-Safari themed evening will feature a live auction for an African Safari for two and other great prizes. Catering by Liz Grenamyer, a full bar, silent auction, live music and lots of fun and surprises all for a great cause.

How Many Birds Can You Count?

Chilly weather throughout Florida has kept residents inside and close to their heaters, under blankets and in their sweats, long sleeves and socks during December and January. However, spring is just around the corner and there is wildlife to discover in your backyard!

Get your binoculars ready, because starting Feb. 18, the largest bird count in North America begins. The Great Backyard Bird Count, which runs through Feb. 21, is a wonderful chance to add to your Bird Detective checklist and help scientists monitor birds across America. If you do not have a checklist, download it from MyFWC.com/Learning. In the left-hand menu, click “Fun Stuff.” From there, look on the right side of the page under “Educator Links” for “Jr. Birder Program.”

2011 Household Hazardous Waste & E-Waste Mobile Collection Schedule Announced

The City of Jacksonville Solid Waste Division has five household hazardous waste and electronic waste (e-waste) mobile collection events scheduled throughout the city in 2011.  The schedule is as follows. Directional signage will be posted on the day of the event.

Free Inspections for Commercial Blue Crabbers

There are a lot of rules and regulations commercial blue crabbers must know and comply with in order to harvest and protect this precious and delicious resource.

To help them understand the rules so they can harvest blue crabs legally, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officers who patrol portions of the St. Johns River in Putnam, St. Johns and Clay counties are offering three days of free inspections at three specific locations.

Target, RadioShack Buy Back iPhones, Other Used Gadgets

Target, RadioShack Buy Back iPhones, Other Used Gadgets

The trend of dumping unwanted gadgets online at sites like eBay and Craigslist now has shifted to brick-and-mortar retail stores, with a twist.

Major retailers, such as Target (TGT) and RadioShack (RSH), are buying back products from customers in-store and offering credit toward purchase of new products.