Urban Wildlife

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. 

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.

Marine Biologist Discusses Environmental Impact on Bottlenose Dolphins

Marine Biologist Discusses Environmental Impact on Bottlenose Dolphins

Dr. Quincy Gibson, a marine mammal biologist at the University of North Florida, will present “Growing up in Jacksonville: Potential Effects of a Metropolitan Environment on the Social Lives of Bottlenose Dolphins” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, at UNF’s University Center, Building 43. The lecture is free and open to the public.

6th Annual Dog Lover's Day at Adventure Landing

Adventure Landing on Beach Blvd. in Jacksonville Beach will host its Sixth Annual Dog Lovers Day on Saturday, March 12, 2011, sponsored by Southeast Veterinary Oncology and Petco.  This fun-filled, all-day long, free outdoor event will entertain several thousand First Coast families and dogs, create awareness of the ongoing overpopulation of pets, and hopefully provide many homeless dogs with a permanent home through the Dog Adoption Fair.   “We’ve had an overwhelmingly positive response from the adoption agencies,” explains Rick Deutscher, Adventure Landing’s General Manager.  “We provide a great venue for them to bring their dogs for adoption.”

Dog Food Drive at Adventure Landing Free Game of Mini Golf In Exchange for a Bag of Dog Food!

FWC Proposes Catch-and-Release Only for Bonefish

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) proposed draft rules on Wednesday that would allow only catch-and-release fishing for bonefish, a premier saltwater game fish in Florida.  The proposed rules would also establish new provisions regarding the possession of bonefish by anglers and the possession and transport of bonefish during bonefish fishing tournaments.