Python roundup time: Registration open for Florida’s annual challenge to hunt the invasive species
Registration is open for the Florida Python Challenge, scheduled for Aug. 5-14. Last year's Challenge removed 800 invasive Burmese pythons from the Everglades, where they do damage to native animals and the ecosystem.sun-sentinel.com
Biden commits $265 million for South Florida reservoir, key component of Everglades restoration
President Joe Biden has committed $265 million of federal funding toward construction of a long-awaited reservoir that is a critical component to restoration of the Everglades, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, whose district borders the Everglades in Broward County, has announced. The enormous planned reservoir — 10,500 acres south of Lake Okeechobee in Palm Beach County — is designed to reduce discharges of polluted water into the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean and send clean water south through the Everglades.sun-sentinel.com
Three days of food, fun, music mark Tropical Audubon 75th anniversary
Approaching rain could provide wildfire relief for Broward, Palm Beach counties
Wildfire relief could come in the form of rain Saturday. The three wildfires burning in Broward and Palm Beach counties have consumed more than 20,000 acres, but rains ahead of an approaching cold front could lend a hand.sun-sentinel.com
In South Florida, Every Day is Everglades Day
For those of us in South Florida, every day is Everglades Day. Without water from the Everglades, South Florida would be uninhabitable. For us in South Florida, America’s Everglades is literally our own backyard – but to appreciate it, to restore it, we must first learn about it. We also offer a K-12 Everglades Champion School program, to recognize exceptional schools who have integrated Everglades literacy into their schools and communities. The Everglades Literacy Program continues her work on what would be her 132nd birthday.communitynewspapers.com
In South Florida, every day is Everglades Day
For those of us in South Florida, every day is Everglades Day. Without water from the Everglades, South Florida would be uninhabitable. For us in South Florida, America’s Everglades is literally our own backyard — but to appreciate it, to restore it, we must first learn about it. We also offer a K-12 Everglades Champion School program, to recognize exceptional schools who have integrated Everglades literacy into their schools and communities. The Everglades Literacy Program continues her work on what would be her 132nd birthday.communitynewspapers.com
United Nations’ Climate Report highlights importance of Everglades restoration
The newly released United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report contains stern warnings for Florida while stressing the critical importance of wetland restoration in mitigating climate change impacts. “We need large scale ecosystem restoration, from ocean to mountaintop,” said Inger Andersen, executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme. A drier Everglades and rising seas, due to climate change, also threaten South Florida’s drinking water. “Everglades restoration will help abate saltwater intrusion into South Florida’s wells and protect the freshwater supply desperately needed by South Florida’s growing population.”Everglades coastal wetlands act as buffers against hurricanes and storms. Climate change could have a devastating impact on Florida’s unique and valuable environment.communitynewspapers.com
J.McLaughlin design collection again benefits The Everglades Foundation
J. McLaughlin has announced its partnership with The Everglades Foundation for the fifth year in a row. “We’re thrilled to partner with The Everglades Foundation and help support its important mission to restore and protect America’s Everglades,” said Kevin McLaughlin, co-founder and creative director. A total of 10 percent of proceeds from the collection will go toThe Everglades Foundation. Through the sales of The Everglades Foundation collection and Local & Loyal events, J.McLaughlin has been able to support the Everglades Literacy Program which has trained 4,500 teachers and impacted over 150,000 students in Florida. The Everglades Foundation leads efforts to restore and protect the Everglades through science, advocacy, and education.communitynewspapers.com
Florida Everglades receives $1.1 billion for restoration
On Jan. 19, the Biden administration announced its plan to spend a record breaking $1.1 billion on the restoration of South Florida’s most lionized wilderness: the Everglades. Historically, the Everglades covered over 3 million acres from the Kissimmee River into Lake Okeechobee, through the Everglades and into the Florida Bay. This degradation resulted in Congress authorizing the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) in 2000 with the goal of restoring, preserving and protecting the Everglades, with a specific focus on restoring water quality and flow. Miller explains the importance of the Everglades beyond its South Florida reach and into central Florida. Ken Russell, a Florida democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate believes that the most “vital action” for true restoration is sending clean water from Lake Okeechobee to the Everglades.themiamihurricane.com
DeSantis, Rubio and other Republicans blast Biden administration on Everglades reservoir
The Biden administration recently announced $1.1 billion to fund Everglades restoration projects, the largest single injection of money into the effort to restore the vast South Florida web of swamp, marsh and forest. But the plan did not include funds for a huge reservoir in western Palm Beach County that’s intended to reduce polluted discharges to the ocean and send clean water south through the Everglades.sun-sentinel.com
The Biden $1 billion Everglades plan: What will it pay for?
Half lost to farms and cities, the Everglades has suffered from the disruption of the natural flow of water by canals, levees and roads. Although a restoration plan focuses on the Everglades’ sawgrass-dominated core, projects attempt to improve habitat along the coasts and on the fringes of the Everglades.sun-sentinel.com
Everglades Hall of Fame Award presented to Richard Pettigrew
Tropical Audubon Society Board member, environmental attorney and former Florida lawmaker Richard “Dick” Pettigrew has received the Everglades Coalition Everglades Hall of Fame Award for his lifetime commitment to Everglades restoration. Created in 2003, the Everglades Hall of Fame Award recognizes those who have made a significant lifetime commitment to Everglades restoration. The commission’s determinations became a blueprint for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’s conceptual plan for Everglades Restoration, which ultimately became the foundation for the landmark Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) inked in 2000. By awarding its highest honor to Pettigrew, the Everglades Coalition memorialized Pettigrew’s tireless work on the Governor’s Commission. “I am deeply honored at [age] 91 to be added to [the Coalition’s] Everglades Hall of Fame,” he said, adding that he is hopeful that the work he began on Everglades restoration will ultimately be successful.communitynewspapers.com
Biden administration announces more than $1 billion for Everglades restoration
The Army Corps of Engineers announced more than $1 billion for the Everglades as part of the administration’s package of infrastructure spending that’s intended to shore up roads, bridges, ports and other public assets.sun-sentinel.com
ForEverglades Scholars and Fellows for 2021 announced
Palmetto Bay-based The Everglades Foundation recently announced the 2021 winners of its prestigious ForEverglades Scholarships and Fellowships, which supports graduate students pursuing innovative scientific and economic research to advance restoration and protection of America’s Everglades. A total of 45 ForEverglades alumni are from Florida International University (FIU). The 2021 ForEverglades Fellows and Scholars are:Florida International University ForEverglades Scholars: Thomas Shannon and Lauren Devito, both PhD students;ForEverglades Scholars: Chloe Vorseth, Melinda Padauni, Alan Mock, and Lukas Lamb-Wotton, all PhD students at Florida International University;Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s Outdoor Fund ForEverglades Fellow: Hunter Howell, University of Miami, PhD student;Patrick Lee Foundation ForEverglades Fellow: Kelly Ugarelli, University of Florida, PhD student, andVoLo Foundation ForEverglades Fellow: Satbyeol Shin, University of Florida, PhD student. Applications for the 2022 ForEverglades Scholars and Fellows Program will open in February 2022. For more information on the ForEverglades Scholars Program send email to email@example.com or visit www.evergladesfoundation.org/scholarships.communitynewspapers.com
Underground wall in Everglades will help mitigate flooding
A long-awaited project in the Everglades is underway after the Friday groundbreaking for a massive underground wall in southwest Miami-Dade County west of Las Palmas. It’s intended to mitigate flooding and allow more water to stay in the Everglades.
Restore Everglades Water Flow, Sustain Miami!
And it might be equally surprising to learn that Lake Okeechobee, which is nearly 100 miles away, is the historic source of that water. Due to this connection between the Everglades and Lake Okeechobee, a complex technical process led by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is underway to make the water flow like it once did. For Miami-Dade the message is simple – send the water south to the Everglades! That water flow, which was the Everglades’ lifeblood, was cut off to accommodate agriculture and development in the 1940s. Let’s hope the Corps of Engineers can seize this moment to get us closer to a restored water flow in South Florida.communitynewspapers.com
DeSantis blew a chance to prove the Everglades are more important than roads | Editorial
For all of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ appalling political stances — from making it harder to vote by mail to picking a fight with the cruise industry over “vaccine passports” — he’s consistently been on the right side of one issue: protecting the Everglades.news.yahoo.com
The state and Miami-Dade are fighting over your toll dollars. Here’s why it matters | Editorial
As you sit in traffic on one of Miami’s busy expressways, Miami-Dade County and the state are fighting over who gets to control your toll money. That three-year battle already has cost Miami-Dade’s former toll entity $1 million in legal fees — and could cost the county even more.news.yahoo.com
Officials search for arsonists responsible for setting the Everglades on fire over the span of two months
A series of fires in Everglades National Park seem to have been intentionally lit by an arsonist, or multiple arsonists, over the past two months — and officials are looking to put an end to it once and for all.
Controlled fires in Florida Everglades being set to eliminate ‘monster’ invasive plant
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – Fire crews with the National Park Service have been igniting controlled fires in the Florida Everglades to control an invasive vine that’s been wreaking havoc on the native ecosystem. The plant, called Lygodium Microphyllum - and also known as Old World Climbing Fern - is a stealthy and invasive plant that was likely introduced as decorative vegetation that made its way into the Everglades in 1999. While many may think of the invasive Burmese python as a great threat to wildlife, scientists like Dr. Ellen Lake with the USDA Invasive Plant Research Lab in Davie say Lygodium could be more dangerous. (WPLG)Michael Gue, prescribed fire specialist with the National Park Service, said the vine can be easily spotted from a helicopter. “We’ve seen in Florida, in general, an increase in Lygodium so of course the Park Service is concerned,” said National Park Service botanist Hillary Cooley.
The Everglades Foundation launches campaign to fight climate change
As the White House and Congress seek ways to confront the climate crisis, The Everglades Foundation wants to remind them that funding Everglades Restoration is an effective way of tackling climate change. “One of the most significant things that can be done right now to achieve progress on climate change is to restore America’s Everglades,” said Eric Eikenberg, CEO of The Everglades Foundation. “Everglades restoration is by no means the only solution to our planet’s climate crisis,” Eikenberg concluded. When considering this in addition to the critical economic and environmental benefits that Everglades restoration provides, it should be viewed as an immediate win-win for our country.”The Everglades Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to leading efforts to restore and protect the greater Everglades ecosystem. For more information about The Everglades Foundation, visit EvergladesFoundation.org.communitynewspapers.com
J.McLaughlin’s new limited-edition collection inspired by Everglades
“With over 20 locations in Florida, J.McLaughlin truly considers Florida our second home. Ten percent of proceeds from this collection will go to The Everglades Foundation. The Everglades Foundation leads efforts to restore and protect the greater Everglades ecosystem through science, advocacy and education. In addition, J.McLaughlin and The Everglades Foundation will partner on a series of in-store and virtual events throughout our Florida stores to raise awareness and funds for The Everglades Foundation. The Everglades Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to restoring and protecting the greater Everglades ecosystem through science, advocacy, and education.communitynewspapers.com
Snake and eggs for breakfast? Florida may soon encourage you to eat invasive pythons
“If they’re finding really high level of mercury in specific areas…that means there’s something going on with our environment,” she said. “And wouldn’t it be wonderful to use the pythons to determine where the pollutants are coming from and getting into the Everglades and be able to shut that down?”sun-sentinel.com
10-foot python removed from under car hood in Dania Beach
DANIA BEACH, Fla. – Authorities say a 10-foot Burmese python was removed from under the hood of a car in Dania Beach. “Our officers responded and safely captured and removed the approximately 10-foot invasive snake,” the tweet said. The FWC asks the public to report sightings of Burmese pythons or other invasive species by calling their hotline at 888-Ive-Got1. In an effort to rid the Sunshine State of the invasive species, the agency has several programs that allow public participation in Burmese python removal and management efforts. Click here to learn more about pythons, removal efforts and how they are affecting Florida.
Fort Lauderdale duo breaks record with 18.9-foot python caught in Everglades
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – Two Burmese python hunters from Fort Lauderdale broke a Florida record with an 18.9-foot female phyton. “Every single python that we take out is one less consuming our native wildlife, and that is what’s it’s all about," Pavlidis said. “The second I turned, my heart dropped out of my chest.”The python was in the water. Officials with the FWC and SFWMD said the python was the largest hunters had ever caught and removed from the Everglades. The FWC and SFWMD reported hunters with the elimination program have removed more than 5,000 pythons from the Everglades ecosystem.
Everglades Foundation chair receives South Florida Hispanic Chamber Award
The Everglades Foundation, the 27-year-old environmental non-profit dedicated to protecting and restoring America’s Everglades, has announced that its board chair, Carlos de la Cruz Jr., has been honored by the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SFLHCC) with its President’s Distinguished Community Service Award. Carlos de la Cruz Jr. is a Miami-based entrepreneur and philanthropist who has served on numerous local organization boards. He was elected chair of the board of The Everglades Foundation in 2018. “The work that he has done as chairman of the board of The Everglades Foundation is remarkable leading the organization and the restoration of the Everglades through science, advocacy, and education. “Carlos has been extraordinarily effective at conveying the foundation’s message to new audiences and community stakeholders,” said Eric Eikenberg, CEO of The Everglades Foundation.communitynewspapers.com
Small plane lands upside down in the Everglades
WEST BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. A single-engine Cessna 172 made an emergency landing early Thursday afternoon in the Everglades, authorities confirmed. A student and instructor from Wayman Aviation out of North Perry Airport were in the plane that was in the midst of a training flight. A Cessna 172 took off from North Perry Airport around 10:30 this morning. Its final stop was a little less than 10 miles southeast of Mile Marker 35 on Alligator Alley in West Broward. The plane remains in the Everglades as the FAA investigates the incident and the National Transportation Safety Board has also been notified.
Parents unhappy with school options assemble learning 'pods'
Confronting the likelihood of more distance learning, families across the country are turning to private tutors and "learning pods" to ensure their children receive some in-person instruction. The race to set up learning pods threatens to vastly deepen inequities in access to education. In some cases, parents are paying thousands of dollars each to include their children in pods, promising teachers $40 to $100 an hour or more. A Facebook group on learning pods attracted more than 30,000 members within three weeks of being formed and launched numerous offshoots in states and cities. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, has called learning pods luxuries that are not an option for low-income parents.
Woman charged as accomplice in abusing corpse of missing Broward man
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. A suspected accomplice to a man accused of abusing the corpse of a missing person faced a Broward judge over video conference Thursday morning. Detectives say Sullivan was keeping Babbits body in a deep freezer in the Oakland Park storage unit. A year after the incident, Gregg faces charges of abuse of a dead body and tampering with evidence. The judge doubled the standard bond on Greggs charges of abusing corpse and evidence tampering. She also faced $1,000 bond of possession of methamphetamine, raising her bond to $41,000 in total.
Smoke from Everglades brush fire affects Weston residents
WESTON, Fla. – A canal and firefighters stood between the raging flames of a small brush fire and homes in Weston on Thursday. A brush fire was moving east on Thursday afternoon near Weston. Firefighters are battling a brush fire that is moving close to homes in Weston. (SKY 10)The Florida Forest Service responded to the area near U.S. Highway 27 and mile marker 30. A brush fire moved east toward Weston on Thursday afternoon.
Best natural spots in South Florida to get away from it all
A third place to start your levee bike ride is from Markham Park in Sunrise. To reach the trail, as you turn into Markham Park from State Road 84, you can take an immediate left into a parking lot for the levee trails. This occurs before you pay the $3 admission to the park. Like the other levee trails, this is a bit of an endurance test its not paved, theres no shade and the scenery doesnt change. 16001 State Road 84, Sunrise.sun-sentinel.com
Forest Service: Everglades fire is controlled burn
WEST BROWARD, Fla. – A brush fire burning by Alligator Alley about two miles west of the Miami-Dade and Broward counties line is not an accidental fire, according to the Florida Forest Service, but a prescribed and controlled burn. The Forest Service was burning underbrush Thursday afternoon in the Everglades, taking advantage of cooler temperatures as a way to clear out materials that could prove to be fire hazards in the future. Sky 10 was over the long line of flames, about 3,000 acres, west of US 27 at the County Line and South of Interstate 75. The burn was generating large amounts of smoke. The Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department tweeted that anyone with respiratory issues is encouraged to stay indoors.
Python hunters chase down 80 slithering snakes ahead of Super Bowl
The Miami Super Bowl Host Committee is very proud to have worked with these partners to bring attention to the threat that invasive species pose to The Everglades, Rodney Barreto, chairman of the committee, said in a press release. There are many men and women who work diligently every day to combat the harmful impacts of nonnative species and it is imperative that we are all educated on the effects of the Burmese pythons to our native wildlife.sun-sentinel.com
Gov. DeSantis called on to block another Everglades oil drilling plan
Were looking at everything going on, but this one was moving further along, he said, referring to Kanter. Legally, they had the rights to do this on the land, and that why we had to have a negotiation and do this deal. If we could have won in court, obviously we would have done that.sun-sentinel.com
Iguanas wont be sold in Florida pet shops, if Senate bill moves forward
The Burmese python, which poses a threat to the Everglades, is already on a list of reptiles that are restricted from sale, along with the reticulated python, southern and northern python, amethystine python, the green anaconda and the Nile monitor.sun-sentinel.com
Florida agrees to buy swath of Everglades to protect it from oil drilling
(Reuters) - The state of Florida has reached a deal with a private real estate firm to buy a large swath of environmentally sensitive wetlands in the heart of the Everglades to spare the tract from oil drilling, the governor announced on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO - Florida Governor Ron DeSantis talks to the media during a news conference as Hurricane Dorian approaches the state, at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, U.S. August 29, 2019. He recently proposed $625 million annually in state funding for Everglades restoration and related water quality projects. Among the Everglades most notable creatures under federal protection are the Florida panther, the American crocodile, the American alligator and the West Indian manatee. John Kanter, president of the real estate firm, told the Wall Street Journal his company had planned to pursue oil exploration with the highest degree of safety.feeds.reuters.com
PETA Calls Florida's Super Bowl Python Hunt "Grotesque"
In its latest fight to equalize the value of humans and animals, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has called the 2020 Python Bowl a "grotesque contest." In a letter sent Monday to the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee, PETA president Ingrid Newkirk condemned the state's python hunt and the use of snakeskin for themed footballs. The Python Bowl is the latest iteration of Florida's recurring python challenge. And the group says initiatives such as the Python Bowl subject them to abuse by the public. The Python Bowl is underway and is set to end Sunday.browardpalmbeach.com
PETA Calls Florida's Super Bowl Python Hunt "Grotesque"
In its latest fight to equalize the value of humans and animals, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has called the 2020 Python Bowl a "grotesque contest." Newkirk asked the committee to cut ties with the Python Bowl and said PETA members would "escalate actions" to protect the animals if necessary. The Python Bowl is the latest iteration of Florida's recurring python challenge. And the group says initiatives such as the Python Bowl subject them to abuse by the public. The Python Bowl is underway and is set to end Sunday.miaminewtimes.com
Florida buys Everglades land to prevent oil drilling
This is an important purchase to protect the Everglades and the drinking water of millions, said Diana Umpierre, Everglades organizer for the Sierra Club. Around this time last year, we stood at that same location with local leaders with the unified message of Not here, not now, not ever, no oil rigs in our Everglades and after 72 organizations sent a letter to the governor demanding state action to stop oil drilling at this site. So, this is welcomed news and we look forward to reviewing the terms of the purchase agreement announced today.sun-sentinel.com
Pigskin or Snakeskin? Miami Super Bowl Committee Invites Hunters to Python Bowl
This year, the Super Bowl is trading pigskin for snakeskin at the 2020 Python Bowl. The winners will be announced at a ceremony during the Super Bowl Live festival in Bayfront Park January 25, according to Jacquie Weisblum, director of Oceans to Everglades. The python challenge used to be held every three years; it debuted in 2013, and the second took place in 2016. Celebrity python hunter Dusty "Wildman" Crum, star of the Discovery show Guardians of the Glades, is one of the reigning champions from the last python challenge. Applicants can register for the Python Bowl anytime during the ten-day competition as long as they've taken a training course.browardpalmbeach.com
Pigskin or Snakeskin? Miami Super Bowl Committee Invites Hunters to Python Bowl
This year, the Super Bowl is trading pigskin for snakeskin at the 2020 Python Bowl. The winners will be announced at a ceremony during the Super Bowl Live festival in Bayfront Park January 25, according to Jacquie Weisblum, director of Oceans to Everglades. The python challenge used to be held every three years; it debuted in 2013, and the second took place in 2016. Celebrity python hunter Dusty "Wildman" Crum, star of the Discovery show Guardians of the Glades, is one of the reigning champions from the last python challenge. Applicants can register for the Python Bowl anytime during the ten-day competition as long as they've taken a training course.miaminewtimes.com
Florida 2020 Python Bowl to offer prizes for eradicating invasive snakes
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Forget the Super Bowl, a different kind of slithering competition is set to bring big prizes to the Sunshine State with the Florida Python Challenge. The contest, which is open to hunters of all skill levels, is a partnership between the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the South Florida Super Bowl Host Committee and a number of public and private agencies. The Florida 2020 Python Bowl kicks off Friday, Jan. 10, with competitors being tasked to remove Burmese pythons from specific areas of the Everglades. For those who still don’t understand what’s so dangerous about the Everglades python invasion, Bergeron puts it simply. “In Florida, especially South Florida, the Everglades is our drinking water.”Entry rules and hunting tools for the Florida Python Challenge can be FOUND HERE.
Florida 2020 Python Bowl to offer prizes for eradicating invasive snakes
Florida 2020 Python Bowl to offer prizes for eradicating invasive snakesPublished: January 3, 2020, 6:02 pmForget the Super Bowl, a different kind of slithering competition is set to bring big prizes to the Sunshine State with the Florida Python Challenge.
Perfect Dolphins honor students from Everglades Champion Schools
Approximately 100 students from Everglades Champion Schools schools that integrate The Everglades Foundations Everglades Literacy Program into their curriculum and promote environmental leadership received a limited-edition Challenge Coin in recognition of their efforts. An Everglades Champion School encourages teachers to participate in Everglades literacy professional development, integrates Everglades literacy into the curriculum, promotes inquiry- and project-based learning, and encourages Everglades leadership. Everglades National Parks Education Program has been contributing to Everglades Literacy since 1971. Established in 1947 as the first national park created for its biodiversity, Everglades National Park is home to many critically threatened and endangered species including the Florida panther, the American crocodile and the West Indian manatee. The Everglades Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to leading efforts to restore and protect the greater Everglades ecosystem.communitynewspapers.com
Florida's Reality TV Python Hunter Expects More Blood in Upcoming Season
He's been bitten, strangled, and had his neck nearly snapped, but Florida's preeminent python hunter is diving back into the Everglades for another season of his reality TV show. In Season 1, Crum bagged snakes larger than two men. For Season 2, Crum says he's coming into the hunt with greater care and better gear. Ron DeSantis and the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) increased funding for the Python Elimination Program, of which Crum is a part. Season 2 of Guardians of the Glades premieres Tuesday, January 7, at 10 p.m. on Discovery Channel.browardpalmbeach.com
‘Bowl’ game to give pro and rookie snake catchers chance to compete for bragging rights, prizes
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – For a small fee and a 30-minute quiz, South Floridians can actively participate in a “bowl” game that kicks off just before the Super Bowl heads to Miami. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission hosted media Thursday for a pre-game scrimmage for the Florida Python Challenge 2020 “Python Bowl,” which will give professional and rookie snake catchers the chance to compete to see who can catch the most and biggest snakes starting Jan. 10. Also joining DeSantis and FWC officials were members from the South Florida Water Management District and the Frost Museum of Science. Additionally, Miami Super Bowl LIV Host Committee members were on hand as this year’s challenge ties into Super Bowl LIV and the committee’s Oceans to Everglades initiative. Snake catchers are competing for prizes across several categories and there is a special class dedicated to members who served in the armed forces.
17-foot Burmese python is the 2nd largest snake snared by FWC
A Burmese python recently captured in the Big Cypress National Preserve by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission is the second largest snake ever removed by the agency. The state wildlife agency tweeted images showing Python Action Team Member Kevin Reich posing with the massive python, which measures a staggering 17 feet and 9 inches long. Thanks to leadership from @GovRonDeSantis, our #Python Action Team is on a roll! This is the second largest #snake they have caught! Full story: https://t.co/xK721HvD8Z pic.twitter.com/Y9yEAzBIet MyFWC (@MyFWC) August 26, 2019Copyright 2019 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.
Scientists release small insects to rid South Florida of Brazilian peppertree
DAVIE, Fla. - The Brazilian peppertree is a non-native plant now found in Florida that's already invaded some 75,000 acres of land across the Everglades. It's a small but powerful solution to a problem that has been plaguing South Florida for decades. Scientists from across the state gathered Tuesday at Tree Tops Park in Davie to release nearly 1,000 South American insects, known as thrips, into the wild. Their goal is to eliminate the invasive Brazilian peppertree plant that is threatening South Florida's native ecosystem. "The insects are very safe to release into the environment because they will only eat the Brazilian peppertree.