Monday, February 28, 2011
- Sarasota Herald Tribune
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
- Sarasota Herald Tribune
- Apalachicola Times
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
NEWS RELEASE: CONTACT: Nanette O’Hara (727) 893-2765
“Greening Your Life” will be the topic of the 2011 “Estuary Academy” sponsored by the Tampa Bay Estuary Program. The day of informative workshops and interactive learning will be held Saturday, March 26, from 9 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the Weedon Island Preserve Natural and Cultural History Center in St. Petersburg.
This year’s Academy will present short seminars and hands-on workshops focusing on ways to create a green lifestyle, from home and gardening tips to energy efficiency. Gardeners will want to attend sessions from instructors with the Pinellas County Extension Service on Composting and Vermiculture, Designing Your Florida Yard, Green Living and Rain Harvesting. Green Ways to Outwit and Evict Wildlife will be helpful to homeowners with uninvited guests, while an Energy Efficiency session will focus on the many ways we can reduce our carbon footprint.
The Tampa Bay Estuary Program’s 20th Anniversary photo exhibit, “Tampa Bay: 20/20,” will be on display during the Estuary Academy and a short presentation “Twenty Years in Twenty Minutes” will give a brief overview of progress in restoring Tampa Bay.
Registration is only $10, including lunch, and is limited to 100 adults and kids older than 12. Pre-registration is required and must be completed online at www.tbep.org
Saturday, February 19, 2011
-- Photo by Rita Rollins
- Anna Maria Islander
Friday, February 18, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
The House of Representatives is expected to vote this week on the Fiscal Year 2011 Continuing Resolution (CR/spending bill) that will eliminate the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
LWCF was established by Congress in 1965 as a funding source to help protect public recreation lands for the health of all Americans. It accumulates $900 million annually through revenues from offshore oil and gas leases and is the principal source of funding for recreational land acquisition by federal agencies like the National Park Service and Fish and Wildlife Service.
This amendment would:
* eliminate the LWCF program that has existed for 45 years, which is already fully funding by oil drilling leases, not taxpayer dollars
* bring an immediate halt to federal conservation efforts that protect national wildlife refuges, parks and forests; historic sites; and state and local recreation projects
* prevent revenues deposited in the LWCF account from being used for their authorized purposes, and makes them disappear forever. These funds were a promise made to the American people in 1964. This Congress should not be breaking this long-standing commitment
What you can do
Contact your members of Congress immediately and tell them to vote against amendments that would impose cuts to or eliminate LWCF. To find your representative, go to www.house.gov.
For more information, please contact Jessica Daher at 856-825-2174 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Below is a burrfish.
The tour continues into the back bays of Siesta Key.
Mangrove trees have been manicured into hedges.
A brief stop at Big Edwards Island is included.
Bird Islands in the bay are protected by huge boulders.
Perhaps, someday, the small islands will merge into one large island.
Waiting for unwatched eggs and unwatched chicks....
Thanks to all for a great trip.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
Half the 40,000 or so known species of fish, mostly small, school at least part of their lives. The survival value of schooling is at least two-fold. One: the probability of detection of groups is less, on a "per fish" basis, than that of scattered individuals. Two: the sensory confusion presented to the predator by the movements of the school far exceeds that of an individual fish.
Two Primary schooling tactics are used to evade a predator.
If the predator approaches slowly the school will open and form a surrounding pocket. The fish in the lead will swim outward and then rearward behind the predator which will quickly find the school entirely behind it. If the predator reverses direction, the school also turns and repeats the process.
If the predator strikes quickly, the school expands explosively outward from the intended point of impact, each fish accelerates to a speed of 10-20 body lengths per second in less than 1/50th of a seconc. It's all done by a single flick of the tail.
For more on schooling, read Brian Partridge's article "The Structure and Function of Fish Schools" in the June 1982 issue of "Scientific American".
- "The American Littoral Society Marine Naturalist"
by David K. Bulloch
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Here's why... there is an accumulation of sand, shells, and other "stuff" on that stretch of beach. Tidal currents along Sarasota's coastline move primarily in a north to south direction. The jetties at Venice Inlet slow the near shore currents and lots of materials suspended in the water settle out and wash up onto the beach.
The amazing thing about this process is that it is so unpredictable. The shoreline changes continually, seasonally, monthly, even daily. One day shelling is great, onanother day the beach debris can be few and far between."
-- Bud Doyle
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Saturday, February 5, 2011
We love him and we will miss him.
More information will be posted as it becomes available.
"A founding member of the Society, Dave Bulloch has directed the Southeast Chapter from Sarasota Florida since 1998. He is a retired chemist and vice president of R&D for a firm long since swallowed up by mergers. Dave’s life-long interest in the sea and its marine life led to his long-standing involvement with the American Littoral Society. A former president of the Society, Dave founded the Southeast Chapter when he moved to Sarasota and has grown it to 500 members from Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Louisiana. He has written extensively on the marine environment and authored five books. His current focus is on plankton. His interest in the sea reaches beyond the scientific--he has been a six-pack boat operator, a dive instructor and an underwater photographer." -- American Littoral Society
Last January, John Sarkozy and Littoral Society volunteers showed up on Rattlesnake Island with ~250 plants . Lynda Eppinger, Parks Naturalist, Sarasota County Parks and Recreation, and a number of volunteers also came out to work. They made great improvements on the island which we can now enjoy.
Friday, February 4, 2011
Cedar, Wild Lime, Myrsine, Pine, White Stopper, Coral Bean, Marlberry, Saw Palmetto, Live Oaks, Beauty Berry, Muhly Grass, Sea Oxeye, White Indigo, Green Buttonwood, Sea Grape, and Gumbo Limbo,
Peg Conklin, John Sarkozy, Nash and Sheila McHugh.