This blog is dedicated to the environmental well-being of our Florida coastal habitat.

This blog is
dedicated to the environmental well-being of coastal habitat.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Big Bend Scenic Byway becomes national treasure
- Appalachicola Times

Bruce Dayton announces 2 new nature walks

From Beach to Lagoon

Mondays: Jan.18 and Feb.15

Free nature walk from the Gulf shore to a lagoon off Lemon Bay led by ecologist Bruce Dayton at Blind Pass Beach. We discuss how water, wind, sand and living things interact to create our beautiful barrier islands (keys as we call them). The biological emphasis will be on habitats. Included are beach, dune, coastal hammock and mangrove. It is a fairly easy two hour stroll on beach, boardwalk, and a short trail. We will meet at 9am by the Blind Pass sign across from the parking area. Approximate time is two hours. Walk is given under the auspices of Sarasota Parks and Recreation. Regstration is required and is limited to 15 participants. Call 941-650-2487 or 493 5087 to register.

See treasure in jewel boxes from the sea
- Sanibel Captiva Islander

Red tide may cause respiratory irritation on Marco, causes fish kills in Naples
- Naples News

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Save our Seabirds offering free tours

Save Our Seabirds Rehabilitation Center
is offering guided tours of the facility beginning Friday, Nov. 20. The free, hour-long tours will be every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. SOS houses more than 20 bird species at 1708 Ken Thompson Parkway across from Mote Marine Laboratory. For more information or for large groups, call 388-3010.

Covered wagon trips at Robinson Preserve

Manatee County’s Natural Resources Department (NRD) is hosting a special wagon trip through Robinson Preserve on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 9 and 10:30 a.m.

A naturalist tour guide will explain the preserve’s history, resident wildlife, flowers, and preserve highlights including the 40-foot-tall observation tower.

A fee of $3 per adult and $2 per child will be charged (price includes tax). Trips will last approximately one hour. These tours are suitable for all ages. To make a reservation, contact Melissa Cain Nell at or call 941 742 5757 ext.1.

- Anna Maria News - Vol 10 No 8 - Nov 18, 2009

Oceans absorbing CO2 less easily study finds
- Sarasota Herald Tribune

A voice of conservation on Little Sarasota Bay
- Sarasota Herald Tribune

Note: Explore the sea life near our shores with American Littoral Society biologist, Bruce Dayton,
this Saturday, Nov, 21, 9:30-11:30 am.,
at Sarasota Conservation Foundation, Osprey

Bruce at (941) 493-5087 for reservations. No charge but donations are always welcome. Wading shoes suggested.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Siesta Key - Beach Access #2, Avenida Messina

At Beach Accesses # 2 & # 3, there is no place to park.
The road bordering the beach is PRIVATE and partially sand-covered.
There was once a fishing pier or bulwark here
which the waves have destroyed.

Some people still venture out to the end with fishing poles.
They say that all kinds of fish can be caught here,
but it looks dangerous.

Park at Access #3, further south, and walk here.
There is always something interesting to see, such as the snowy egret below.

Welcoming oysters back to the shoreline
- Nature Conservancy

Oyster rules remain
- Pensacola News Journal

Beach roads knocked out by Ida expected to reopen soon
- Pensacola News Journal

Rough water delays red tide sampling
- Naples News

See Mote's "Beach Condition Report" :
(note: Go back to the main map for each area of interest.)

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Bruce Dayton leads Blind Pass beach and trail walk

Beach Talk

Ghost crab hole (above) and tracks (below).
(Tire tracks and shoe tracks included to confuse you!)

Muhly Grass has lavender flower spikes in the Fall.
It grows in very dry locations and is salt tolerant.

Sea Purselane
The leaves of this plant are edible!
Prickly Pear Cactus: In the Spring, it will have beautiful yellow flowers.Gopher Tortoise Hole

The spiny back orb weaver stretches his web across paths in hammocks near the shore.

Native coontie : In winter, it will produce bright red cone-like blooms.

Mote treats turtles with tumor causing illness
- Longboat Key Observer

Longboat Key history surfaces
- Longboat Key Observer

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Bradenton Beach public beaches

There are almost 2 miles of public beach to enjoy along Gulf Drive on the southern tip of Anna Maria Island. Bike paths and lots of public parking are available. Jetties are spaced along the shoreline, most in disrepair, but still intact. (Walking/fishing is not allowed on any of them.) There were lots of shells and birds on this lovely Fall day.

Buttons of the Sea
- Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Monsters no more - Sawfish endangered
- Sanibel-Captiva Islander

A human message - Don't change Bird Key Park
- Sarasota Herald Tribune

Improvements planned for Bird Key Park

East end of Bird Key Park

Steep slope down to water.
The boulders placed to prevent erosion...didn't.

At high tide, they make it difficult to wade in the water.

"Access Point"
This means a break in the concrete blocks along the slope down to water.

Present parking. This photo was taken on a windy day at high tide.
On better days,
when people could get in the water,
the parking lot could be filled.