Florida Springs News Archive

Your Florida Springs news archive. We used to collect new articles for the public up until the year 2000. There was little interest so we stopped. Below is what we collected.


Red tide reported moving into area
Oct 3, 2018 - The FWC releases statewide red tide reports on Wednesdays and Fridays between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. But this week prior to Wednesday's report, some people in Destin and South Walton were saying they didn't need the official report to know there is a problem.
Rescue network saves sick manatees, sea turtles from toxic red tide
Sep 1, 2018 - Heather Barron snatched a fist-sized blue crab from a bucket with a pair of 18-inch hemostats, dangled it in a tank that contained a 380-pound female loggerhead sea turtle and hoped.
Santa Fe River - June 2018
Jun 21, 2018 - A friend called and said she was in need of a short, relaxing trip on cool water. She suggested the Santa Fe. She enjoyed playing with her new SUP and I was hunting up what little wildlife there is to see along the Santa Fe in hopes of getting some good photos with my new camera.
Mom and daughter manatees returned to Florida waters
Jun 24, 2016 - The two manatees, nicknamed Shamrock and Emerald, were cared for at the Lowry Park Zoo. The calf, Emerald, was still dependent on her mother, who suffered a boat-strike injury.
State wildlife officials put one-year pause on bear hunting
Jun 24, 2016 - Florida wildlife officials voted to hold off on future bear hunts in the state until they can gather more information. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted 4-3 not to hold a bear hunt this year.
Beth Kassab: State laying groundwork for another bear hunt
Jun 7, 2016 - There are few things in Florida less popular than last year's bear hunt. Now, nearly eight months after the first hunt of Florida black bears in more than 20 years, public condemnation is reaching a new peak as wildlife commissioners appear poised to hold another hunt.
Boca center releases rehabilitated sea turtles into ocean
May 20, 2016 - When the loggerhead sea turtles arrived at a Boca Raton rehabilitation facility last December, the specialists weren't sure if the two would pull through. However....
Real Mermaids? Not Really, But…
May 16, 2016 - Mermaids -- half woman, half fish -- are not supposed to exist. But for almost 70 years, mermaids have been swimming in the southeastern state of Florida. VOA recently visited the Weeki Wachee freshwater spring to learn about these mermaids.
Seasonal manatee slow-zones in effect April 1-Nov. 15 in Florida
Apr 2, 2016 - From April 1 through Nov. 15, seasonal manatee zones require boaters to slow down in certain areas to prevent manatees from being struck by motorboats or personal watercraft. FWC law enforcement officers will be on patrol in state waters.
US wildlife officials to soon decide on manatee status
Mar 28, 2016 - TAMPA - A proposal to drop the state's signature sea mammal from the endangered species list may come down to science versus public opinion.
Lawmakers to address conservation spending, bear-human conflicts
Jan 13, 2016 - State legislators have reached a hard-fought compromise on comprehensive bills to try to clean up and protect some of Florida's most precious waterways, but expect to see much debate over other environmental issues, especially how to divvy up the nearly $1 billion in Amendment 1 money for land and water conservation.
Feds to reclassify manatees from 'endangered' to 'threatened'
Jan 10, 2016 - Within a year, federal wildlife officials plan to reclassify the long-embattled Florida manatee from "endangered" to the less serious status of "threatened."
SeaWorld Taking Care Of Orphaned Manatee Calf
Sep 8, 2015 - ORLANDO (CBSMiami) - Taking care of an orphaned manatee has become a real 'labor of love' for the animal care staff at SeaWorld Orlando. About a week ago, the 3-week old calf was rescued from the Tomoka River behind a residential home in Ormond Beach. The tiny 66-pound calf had been on her own for more than 24 hours.
14 Fun Facts About Manatees
Sep 8, 2015 - All three species of manatee-the Amazonian manatee, West Indian manatee, and West African manatee-and the related dugong are considered vulnerable (defined as facing a high risk of extinction in the wild) by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
The Rivers & Beaches of Wakulla County
Aug 13, 2015 - Situated on the Gulf Coast is one of Florida's best hidden treasures. The rivers and beaches of Wakulla County provide an abundance relaxing and adventurous activities, including boating, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, scalloping, and snorkeling
Even Manatees Need Their Space: Proposal to Restrict Public Contact
Aug 12, 2015 - The U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife holds two meetings this week - on Wednesday night for companies that run swim-with-the-manatee tours, and on Thursday night for the general public.
2015 Audubon Photography Awards Top 100
Aug 5, 2015 - Of the 9,000+ photos submitted, these were the judges' favorites.
Bondi joins other states in lawsuit over protecting wetlands
Jun 30, 2015 - Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi joined seven other states' top lawyers Tuesday in a suit challenging new federal rules designed to better protect the nation's wetlands.
No clear reason for open season on Florida black bear
Jun 25, 2015 - Until three years ago, the Florida black bear was a legally protected species in Florida, not to mention one of the state's most prominent symbols for wildlife conservation. Now, the bear is about to get a target on its back.
BP oil spill linked to Gulf dolphin die-off, study says
May 26, 2015 - In a study published Wednesday, a team of researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found that dead dolphins that washed ashore in areas hardest hit by the oil spill between 2010 and 2012 suffered from damage to the adrenal gland or bacterial pneumonia.
Florida by Water: Tackle the 'Saltwater Appalachian Trail'
May 18, 2015 - The Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail, or CT, is the state's longest sea kayaking trail. Referred to as the saltwater version of the Appalachian Trail, the 1,515-mile route is divided into 26 segments.
Manatee gets special wetsuit after accident
May 15, 2015 - SATELLITE BEACH, Fla. -
A mother manatee received a special gift for Mother's Day after she was rescued by teams at SeaWorld.The manatee was hit by a boat and suffered a collapsed lung and was having trouble floating. She was rescued in waters near Satellite Beach.
Has the Gulf recovered 5 years after the oil spill?
Apr 21, 2015 - Five years ago, the worst oil spill in history began to unfold in the Gulf of Mexico. A well exploded, killing 11 workers and setting off 87 days of uncontrolled leaking. NBC's Kerry Sanders looks at the Gulf five years later.
Floria Park Official Confronts Models and Photographers Harassing Manatees
Apr 16, 2015 - In an email recently released by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), a park official documents one particularly ugly run-in with a group of fashionistas who were using manatees as a backdrop for a photo shoot.
April 18, 2015 - Wakulla Wildlife Festival -
Apr 14, 2015 - The annual Wakulla Wildlife Festival will be held this Saturday on the 18th at Wakulla Springs State Park. The festival is a celebration of the area's wildlife and is intended to be especially inviting for children and the child in everyone.
Birding Gemini Springs, July 2014
Jul 1, 2014 - In July I birded at Gemini Springs 5 times and recorded 31 different species. It's a bit pathetic, but it's a great improvement over the measly 25 I saw during July 2013. The complete list from this month is at the end of this post.
It's Raining Turtles
Aug 18, 2013 - It's raining cats and dogs never made a whole lot of sense to me. Never in my life have I walked outside and seen cats and dogs falling from the sky. In fact, I've never even seen a cat fall from a tree. But today, it was raining turtles.
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