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.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Biologist: Many turtles probably died in nets
- Biloxi-Gulfport Sun Herald

Dolphin Watch - Giving birth a wide berth
- Tampa Bay Newspapers: Clearwater Beacon

St. Pete Beach - Volunteers sought to plant sea oats

"The city of St. Pete Beach seeks volunteers for the second annual sea oats planting from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday beginning at Hurley Park Pavilion, 1501 Gulf Way. Sea oats, which create beach dunes by collecting blowing sand, are a vital dune plant. Bring gloves, a hand shovel, sunblock, a hat and beach shoes. Parking passes and refreshments will be provided. To volunteer, call (727) 367-2735. Leave your name, phone number, e-mail address and how many people will be volunteering."

- St Petersburg Times

Feds take over investigation into film crew's disturbance of Shell Key nests
- St. Petersburg Times

USF scientists to track oil in gulf this week
- St. Petersburg Times

Friday, June 18, 2010

Fishing Pier south of Venice

View to the north with Venice "skyline" in distance
Luxury fishing below pier
Cast Nets fish from pier

Big bait for big sharkSharky's Tikis
The fishing pier runs out into the Gulf from the north side of Sharky's

Students get caught up in throwing skills
- Daytona Beach News Journal

Oil-eating microbes a possible solution
- Miami Herald

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Tramonto Vista Park

Tramonto Vista Park is being readied for the public.
It is on the Gulf south of Venice,
just south of Sharky's Restaurant
and on the road north of Casperson Beach.
( Airphoto of Area )
Publish Post
Changing & Restrooms
Ramp down to the beach
View from Sharky's Pier.

COMING SOON: June 19, Lemon Bay Park Bay Life Search

Explore the sea life near our shores with American Littoral Society biologists. Using hand and seine nets, we will be searching shallow waters and sea grass beds, observing, collecting, and discussing the natural history of some of the many interesting fishes and other animals that inhabit Sarasota Bay.

Call for reservations.
Members free, non-members $5.

Call Bruce Dayton at (941) 493-5087.
Saturday, June 19, 9:30-11:30 am. Wading shoes suggested.
Lemon Bay Park Gopher Turtle

See Photos page:

Turtles rescued, shipped away

State scallop season getting head start
- Miami Herald

Shark noses could improve underwater robots
- Sarasota Herald Tribune

Suddenly, a vulnerable coast fears it is all but defenseless
- Sarasota Herald Tribune

Friday, June 4, 2010

Quickpoint Shell Collecting

Go snorkeling with Peg Williams, an expert on local shells.
Snorkelers must have their own equipment; mask, fins and snorkel.
All trips are on Thursdays at 10 AM.
A donation of five dollars would be appreciated.
Call Peg at (941) 355-2291.

June 3 - New Pass (Quickpoint Parking Area)
June 17 - Point of Rocks
July 1 - New Pass

Models indicate oil from BP Gulf spill will shoot up the Atlantic coastline

Boom placed to protect dolphins
- Florida Keys News

Gift for Native Plants

We are pleased to announce that the Southeast chapter of the American Littoral Society is the recipient of a $5000 gift from the Community Foundation of Sarasota, made possible through the Robert R. Harlan and Susan H. Lowy Harlan Fund.

The grant is for the purchase and nurture of native plants and trees for a variety of coastal restoration projects in Sarasota County. Our first goal is to restock our native plant nursery at Osprey Preserve.

We have an immediate need for volunteers for nursery work. This is at your convenience, both when and how long. Call John Sarkozy at 966-7308 for information. -- Dave Bulloch