Urban Wildlife

Cold Weather May Lead to Fish Kills

Cold Weather May Lead to Fish Kills

As temperatures drop in Florida, the number of cold-related fish kills is likely to increase. Chilly winter temperatures can lead to fish die-offs in Florida’s marine habitats, rivers and lakes.

The good news is that these events are natural occurrences and typically do not cause permanent damage to the ecosystem or to fish populations. In some cases they are even beneficial, in that they help limit the spread of invasive, exotic species.

FWC Wants Public's Input About More Daylight Alligator Hunting

FWC Wants Public's Input About More Daylight Alligator Hunting

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) wants to know what Floridians think about providing more daylight-hunting hours to alligator hunters. The public can comment via an online survey.

Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens Florida Urban and Community Forestry Grant

November 23, 2010 The Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens, Inc. significantly enhanced it’s outreach to the community with the aid of the Florida Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program during 2010.  These funds were made available to organizations and municipalities to develop or enhance their urban and community forestry programs.

Second Annual Right Whale Festival Raises Awareness of Endangered Species

NOAA Fisheries Service, Sea to Shore Alliance and partners announce the Second Annual Right Whale Festival at the Sea Walk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach, Fla., on Saturday, November 20, 2010. The festival celebrates the endangered North Atlantic right whales' annual return to coastal waters of the southeast U.S. to give birth and nurse their young.

Local Cleanup Event to Benefir Right Whale Festival, Nov. 20th

Keep Jacksonville Beautiful (KJB) will again partner with the Ocean Conservancy and numerous other organizations to celebrate the critically-endangered North Atlantic right whales as they make their seasonal return to their calving area in the waters off the Florida-Georgia coast. 

On shore, the beginning of this fascinating species’ calving season will be celebrated with a host of family-friendly activities including a beach cleanup hosted by Keep Jacksonville Beautiful, educational booths, children’s activities, a beach run/walk, live music, a silent auction benefitting the Sea to Shore Alliance and much more. The event is free and open to the public.

Beaches Museum & History Center Opening Shell Exhibit

The Jacksonville Shell Club will present a multi-faceted look at shells including the scientific, cultural and aesthetic aspect of these natural creations. Featured components of the exhibit at the Beaches Museum & History Center, exhibited from November 9, 2010 to January 8, 2011 will be regional mollusks, shells and mollusks in fine art, jewelry, craft work and day to day usage through history. The major themes include the science of malacology, including breathtaking photographs of living mollusk animals and their shells. The clubs 2009 group project, a book of 803 local marine shells titled “Marine Shells of Northeast Florida” will be on display and available at www.neflshells.org.

State Parks Waive Entrance Fees for Veterans Day

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service will offer free day-use entrance to Florida State Parks on Thursday, November 11, 2010.

In honor of the services and sacrifices of United States veterans, their families and communities, day-use entrance to all of Florida State Parks will be waived to park visitors on Veterans Day. This offer does not include Skyway Fishing Pier State Park.

For more information on Florida’s state parks or Veterans Day event details visit www.floridastateparks.org or www.twitter.com/FLStateParks.