Python hunt! 800 compete to remove Florida's invasive snakes
More than 800 competitors will be trudging through the Florida Everglades for the next eight days, in search of invasive Burmese pythons that will bring in thousands of dollars in prize money. The python hunt officially began Friday morning and runs through 5 p.m. on Aug. 15, according to officials who gathered in Miami to kick off the annual event. “This is significant because every python removed is one less invasive species preying on our native birds, mammals and reptiles," said Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis.news.yahoo.com
Record-breaking python discovered in Florida Everglades
Deep in the Florida Everglades, a team from the Conservancy of Southwest Florida made a shocking discovery when they came upon a sight they will likely never forget. The biggest Burmese python the team of three had ever laid their eyes on was just mere feet from them. Although the snake was captured in December, scientists only announced the discovery this past Tuesday after National Geographic recently published an exclusive article on the python. According to the conservancy, this Burmese pythnews.yahoo.com
Army Corps completes reservoir for Everglades restoration
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has completed work on a $339 million Everglades restoration project aimed at cleansing water runoff before it flows into a troubled Florida river. It's a key part of a broader effort to restore the vast Florida Everglades. The reservoir will capture, store and clean fertilizer-laden runoff from farms and development before it is routed into the St. Lucie River and ultimately the Indian River Lagoon.news.yahoo.com
Parents jailed after infant son drowns in Everglades wreck
The parents of a 1-year-old boy who was thrown into the Florida Everglades and drowned when his family's pickup truck blew a tire last year have been charged in his death. Marc Dorizar faces a charge of aggravated manslaughter of a child, while he and his children's mother, Charline Coriolan, are charged with numerous counts of child abuse and neglect for the Sept. 3 crash. Dorizar, 34, was driving Coriolan, 32, their four children ages 1 to 10 and another adult on Alligator Alley, the toll road that cuts through the Everglades, connecting Florida's east and west coasts.news.yahoo.com
2 men were flying to get tacos when small plane went down in Everglades
Jose Ecarri says he and his pilot friend were flying from Tamiami to Arcadia to grab some tacos on Tuesday when the engine of their small plane failed and they landed in a remote area of the Florida Everglades — miraculously unscathed.
Pitones de los Everglades de Florida podrían servir para producir vacunas, afirma investigador
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Pythons from Florida Everglades could help produce vaccines, researcher says
EVERGLADES, Fla. – A python hunter and a researcher believe the help in the fight against COVID-19 is hiding in the Florida Everglades. Dustin Crum and Daryl Thompson, a researcher, and entrepreneur with Global Research and Discovery Group out of Winter Haven, said the invasive Burmese python contains squalene, a compound that’s commonly used in vaccines. That’s enough to make about 3,500 vaccinations.”“We have a lot of snakes in the Everglades,” Crum said. Currently, the compound is not on the Food and Drug Administration’s list of ingredients in the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. I also agree that pythons in the everglades are a major problem.
The Everglades Foundation ForEverglades scholarships and fellowships announced
The Palmetto Bay-based Everglades Foundation recently announced that it will be awarding a total of $125,000 to recipients of 2020 ForEverglades Scholarships and Fellowships. This year’s class includes seven graduate students at four research universities who are pursuing innovative scientific and economic research to advance restoration and protection of America’s Everglades. The partnership with FIU’s Institute of Environment provides matching funds for the scholarships in addition to a variety of graduate research opportunities emphasizing science that informs policy and management for protecting and restoring America’s Everglades. Applications for the 2021 ForEverglades Scholars and Fellows Program will open in Feb 2021. For more information on the ForEverglades Scholars Program send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.evergladesfoundation.org/science.communitynewspapers.com
Florida python hunter left bloodied and bruised after snagging possible record-breaking snake
Conservationist and python hunter Mike Kimmel, also known as Python Cowboy to his Instagram followers, bagged an enormous female python measuring more than 17 feet long and weighing about 150 lbs. Kimmel, a contractor with the South Florida Water Management District, said he caught the snake in an Everglades spoil island in the Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management Area earlier in the week. According to Mike Kirkland, an invasive animal biologist, the South Florida Water Management Districts python elimination program has removed 2,970 pythons to date. FWCs record python is 18 feet. It was a big win for Florida conservation! he wrote on Instagram.
The Everglades remember
The chemical signature left behind by hurricanes, fires, cold snaps and droughts can linger in the slow-moving water of the Florida Everglades for up to a decade. No one expected evidence of these disturbances to be detectable in the water for so long and spread across different areas of the Everglades. Each one of these disturbances left unmistakable, traceable signals in the chemistry of the water winding through the Everglades. Sea-level rise and the introduction of more freshwater from restoration means more water is moving and interconnected through the Everglades system, spreading these chemical markers farther away from the points of origin. Because the Everglades has such a large volume of water, it is remarkable that chemical signals in the water from past disturbances are not diluted.communitynewspapers.com
DeSantis announces land buy deal to save Everglades from oil drilling
Ron DeSantis said Wednesday the state has reached a deal to purchase 20,000 acres of land in the Florida Everglades that is currently slated for oil production. “We’ll permanently save the land from oil production,” DeSantis said during an announcement at Everglades Holiday Park. The land, which is part of the Everglades Protection Area in Broward County, is home to more than 60 endangered and threatened species, including the wood stork. DeSantis said the state has secured an option agreement with Kanter Real Estate LLC, which had obtained approval for exploratory oil wells in the Everglades, to move forward on the purchase in the next 75 days. The price tag for the land is $16.56 million, with an option price up to $18 million.
Photographer raises awareness about Everglades environment, importance of conserving it
You've probably seen photographer Clyde Butcher's dramatic photos of the Florida Everglades. He has been instrumental in raising awareness about that unique environment and is an unwavering advocate... Copyright 2019 by WPLG Local10.com - All rights reserved.
Alligator Alley lanes temporarily close due to brush fire in Everglades
FFS EvergladesFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Officials briefly closed westbound lanes of Alligator Alley on Tuesday due to smoke from the wildfire burning in the Florida Everglades in western Broward County. The lanes were closed for nearly 25 minutes before a light rain fell in the area and cleared away most of the smoke. The Florida Forest Service said Tuesday the blaze had grown to 33,500 acres and is now 40 percent contained. The wildfire is located about 8 miles west of the city of Weston. Florida Forest Service officials confirmed lightning started the wildfire Sunday night just north of a busy stretch of Interstate 75 and a few miles west of Highway 27.
Officials give final notice to homeless sex offenders living in encampment
The encampment near the intersection of Northwest 71st Street and 32nd Avenue had some 300 registered sex offenders. "Miami-Dade County should be embarrassed because of what these people are living like," said Steve Grafton, owner of Grafton Furniture. Registered sex offenders, whose victims were younger than 16, are required to live away from schools and day cares. Workers from Miami-Dade's Homeless Trust arrived Sunday night with police to give the offenders their eighth and final warning. "We're not going to let another encampment like this grow -- it's just not productive," said Ron Book, with Miami-Dade Homeless Trust.