Saturday, October 30, 2010
Adults become olive with black spots.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
The cabbage palm is leaning slightly over the edge of the Inland Waterway at Nokomis Beach. Water is eroding the sand away from its short outer roots. Despite the existence of a few, long (10-15 feet) central roots, the tree is in danger of falling into the water.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
See the following video to decide if you agree:
Habitat Restoration Workdays
Help us restore Florida's coastal habitat. Workdays will include planting, litter control, removal of invasive exotic plants and working in our nursery at the Osprey Preserve. Learn about native plant species and the impact of invasives. Great community service opportunity for individuals, families, and civic, school, religious, and scouting groups. Excellent way for students to accrue community service hours. Work at your own pace. If interested, call John (941-966- 7308) so he can plan nursery purchases and schedules.
- Anna Maria Islander
Monday, October 25, 2010
Double click on the photo for a closer view.
The answer will be published in a day or two.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
was found near the surf on north Naples Beach.
The "thorny starfish" is the other common star.
The body actually consists of five equal segments, each containing a duplicate set of various internal organs. They have no heart, brain, nor eyes, but some brittle stars seem to have light sensitive parts on their arms. Their mouth is situated on the underside and their anus on top.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
often in grass beds. They can grow to ten inches long and
usually have either two longbrown blotches
down the body or brown spotted.
The two examples show the “bumpy”skin.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Calling all boaters for the 2nd Annual Monofilament Cleanup
Each year, thousands of feet of fishing line become entangled on Sarasota Bay’s bird nesting islands and shorelines and pose a fatal hazard to birds and other wildlife. This cleanup event, co-sponsored by Save Our Seabirds and Audobon of Florida, helps to reduce the threat of entanglement while recycling the fishing line. Volunteers will remove snarled fishing line from mangroves and shorelines of Sarasota Bay’s colonial bird nesting islands.
• Meet at Save Our Seabirds Sanctuary
*1708 Ken Thompson Parkway(City Island, next to Mote)
• Pre-registration and a boat are required
- Miami Herald
Monday, October 18, 2010
skin-like tubes that are encrusted with shells and other debris.
There were a number of them in very shallow water
just off Bird Key (Ringling Bridge) this week.
(At first, I thought this was the stem of a petticoat or other alga.
Many were growing nearby. A brief pull didn't uproot it.)
Click above to watch the plumed worm building its tube.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
We're waiting for a positive identification of the treasure above.
Animal? Vegetable? Colonial? Interesting features? Tunicate?
(Double-click to zoom in)
- Longboat Key Observer
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
but the great blue is the largest shorebird.
(At least it's the tallest. The white pelican,
which winters in Florida, is another very large bird.)
More than you ever wanted to know about avian respiration:
Sunday, October 10, 2010
- Florida Keys Online News
Friday, October 8, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
- Sarasota Herald Tribune
(AP PhotoUniversity of Alaska Fairbanks, Census of Marine Life, Russ Hopcroft)
Monday, October 4, 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010
- Sarasota Herald Tribune