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  • April | 2014 | Florida Wildlife Federation Blog
    Here in Florida we need a new way of thinking and doing for the next 500 years a mindset of environmental patriotism that defines wellbeing in terms larger than dollars John Moran With his photos John Moran hopes to bring an understanding of why our springs are in decline and inspire all Floridians to find effective timely solutions Mr Moran has partnered with Lesley Gamble and Rick Kilby to bring together scientists hydrogeologists cave divers business owners artists and advocates through the Springs Eternal Project to restore our springs and aquifer The Problem Pollution groundwater over pumping and regulatory neglect are ruining our springs Some Solutions Use less water in your daily life Grow native and use less chemical fertilizers and pesticides Visit a spring Volunteer or donate Contact your elected officials Tell them you want clean water Not green water Ask for tighter controls on groundwater pumping more effective curbs on nutrient pollution and greater protection for sensitive land nearby 6 Stay informed To see more of Mr Moran s photos of Florida s beautiful springs and how you can become part of the solution explore SpringsEternalProject org The Springs Eternal exhibit was previously on display at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville All photos are from the exhibit The Springs Eternal photographic exhibit is showing at the Museum of Florida History in the R A Gray Building 500 S Bronough Street Tallahassee FL 850 245 6400 It runs through May 30 2014 LINKS Florida Wildlife Federation Clean Water Initiatives Florida Wildlife Federation s Clean Water Policy and links to Clean Water related articles Floridians Clean Water Declaration Campaign The Floridians Clean Water Declaration is a positive vision to inspire people to work together to create a new water ethic find solutions to Florida s water quality and quantity problems and send a clear message to our water managers that the people of Florida demand clean water Florida s Water and Land Legacy The campaign to protect Florida s most cherished waters and natural areas The Amendment gives Florida voters a direct opportunity to keep drinking water clean protect our rivers springs and beaches and restore natural treasures like the Everglades without any increase in taxes Proposed Rule Would Close Gap in FL Water Protection March 27 2014 The Obama administration has proposed a new rule to clarify which types of water have Clean Water Act protection Silver Springs No Longer the World s Biggest First Magnitude Spring Also showing at the Museum of Florida History The Lure of Fishing exhibit spotlights the history of sport fishing in the Sunshine State from the late nineteenth century to the present with artwork historic photographs and over 100 artifacts One wall has twenty two paintings by William Aiken detailing individual species of fish from the early twentieth century You will see fish mounts deep sea fishing rods reels including a Hendryx casting reel circa 1900 1919 vintage tackle and coveted trophies from the West Palm Beach Fishing Club and

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  • March | 2013 | Florida Wildlife Federation Blog
    event was held to publicize the trek and to raise money for Florida s Water and Land Legacy Amendment FWLL Initiative The Legacy Initiative is now in the process of gathering petitions to place an amendment on the 2014 General Election Ballot The amendment would dedicate for twenty years one third of the net revenues from the existing excise tax on documents to a Land Acquisition Trust Fund which Florida desperately needs to acquire improve and manage watersheds to improve water quality and quantity in its springs rivers and aquifers Dedicating existing revenues to this goal is prudent and imperative both for our economy and quality of life The event sponsors and several individuals donated funds which offset all costs In addition thirteen local businesses and individuals donated items ranging from original works of art to a guided kayak tour for a silent auction which raised over 2 000 for the FWLL initiative Requests to attend this free event reached maximum capacity 225 within a week following its announcement Unfortunately more than a hundred late responders had to be told sorry the event is sold out As attendees enjoyed beverages and appetizers provided by Bok Tower they viewed and bid on items in the silent auction and networked with people from different organizations and discovered much common ground Following welcomes to the event by Bok Tower president David Price and FWF director and event organizer Bob Taylor Senator Rick Dantzler summarized the need for Florida s Water and Land Legacy Initiative and told the audience how they could help make it a reality The subsequent presentation by trekkers Stoltzfus and Ward was informative and well received As the evening drew to a close David Price reflected that bringing these diverse groups together for a common goal proved to be a

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  • February | 2013 | Florida Wildlife Federation Blog
    old fur trading rout not used for 200 years down into Lake Superior along its borders to the Mississippi down the Mississippi to the Gulf and along the Gulf to the Florida panhandle As part of his Tallahassee stop Daniel gave a talk to family friends supporters and interested community members on January 21st He provided insight into his trip so far flushed out stories from his excellent blog http predictablylost com answered questions and showed off his kayak Beyond the thrill of adventure and the challenge of testing himself Daniel discussed his goals of raising awareness about public spaces and the vastness still able to be explored and enjoyed He remarked on the unique perspective that comes with seeing the landscape change by paddling something that is often lost when we fly or drive With his trip Daniel has aimed to highlight the victories losses and ongoing battles being fought to protect these invaluable areas Daniel has put his money where his mouth is donating funds he won from a contest by Outdoor Magazine to four conservation organizations Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness American Rivers Gulf Restoration Network and the Florida Wildlife Federation that work to protect stretches

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  • November | 2012 | Florida Wildlife Federation Blog
    the state including IDEAS Chapters and the Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society at UF held a youth summit which discussed issues pertaining to Energy Food Waste Water and Ecology and sought solutions to the challenges within the five categories the five facilitators for the youth summit were Chris Castro Samantha Ruiz Henry Harding Jessica Whalen and Sarah Gledhill A call to action was established at the end of the conference for all youth attendees to get involved in local state and national issues Attendees were all present for Saturday evening s Conservation Awards Banquet The group IDEASforUS had a follow up meeting on Sunday June 17 which was open to any interested parties and focused on the organization of many new chapters of IDEAS on Florida campuses and on other state university campuses 1st Annual FWF Youth Congress on June 16 IDEAS Summit on June 17 Photo by Lou Kellenberger Pictured Front Katie Price Samantha Baraoidan Samantha Ruiz Jessica Whalen Rachel Hessling Bri Jones Middle Manley Fuller FWF President Alicia Hines Moe Corbett Steven Carrion Jacques Werleigh Danielle Rudley Andrew Kamerosky Senator Lee Constantine Chris Castro Rosanna Gill Erin Condon Mark Grafton Jaryn Thorndike Sarah Owen Gledhill FWF NE

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  • October | 2012 | Florida Wildlife Federation Blog
    6 With perfect weather happy children and even some laughing parents the outing was a success Supplied with free fishing poles courtesy of Fish Florida the kids took to the dark water of the river fishing for bream catfish and bass A couple of two pound large mouths were caught and released after some picture taking Several of the kids caught their first fish ever and many enjoyed simply begin out in the woods It was wonderful to see children enjoying themselves without a video screen in front of them They got wet dirty and sweaty and got a look at the beauty of the real Florida Notable events included having a four foot alligator come up on the river bank and a tussle with a large channel catfish that resulted in both mother and daughter going into the river The catfish got away We hope that all participants not only enjoyed themselves but got an appreciation of our woods and waters These youngsters may well be the conservation leaders of tomorrow Many volunteers from FWF helped make the day enjoyable Many thanks to Pat Pearson Jay Liles Tessa Kleck Danny and Jake Gwynn Shapiro Neal George and Karl Humm

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  • September | 2012 | Florida Wildlife Federation Blog
    retains most of its earlier charm and is ideal wood duck habitat Unfortunately extremely low water levels and excessive amounts of hydrilla blocked our first attempt to install these nesting boxes Bob s skiff bogged down completely and water levels at that time were even too low for the airboat which SFMD latter agreed to supply Finally in August summer rains raised the water level Ayounga Reddick and Vincent Matera land managers at SFMD with their airboat transported three nest boxes the necessary tools and our FWF crew to a perfect site near where our late colleague Richard Coleman had been killed in a tragic airboat accident in 2003 The crew consisted of Richard s widow Frances Howell Coleman his son in law Ben Selser and Bob Taylor While Frances and Bob supervised from the safety of the boat Ayounga Vincent and Ben on the ladder braved wet feet alligators and cottonmouths to install the boxes Box number one now in place Box number two now ready for tenants Box number three Note from the high water line on this ancient cypress how much the water level has fallen due largely to our recent drought conditions Job complete Frances Bob Ayounga and Vincent are now headed for home Not to worry Ben is taking this photo and has not been devoured by a huge gator Loading the SFMD airboat up for departure FWF is grateful to Diane Haddick for sponsoring these boxes and to SFMD and to its land managers Ayounga Reddick and Vincent Matera for making it possible to install these boxes They plan to install predator shields and will see that these nests are appropriately monitored Ayounga also told me that this part of the northern everglades contains many dozens of excellent sites for additional nesting boxes and

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  • May | 2012 | Florida Wildlife Federation Blog
    Approximately 50 million people per year travel between Orlando and Miami according to the company which has a long history dating back to Henry Flagler and the construction of the first land route to Miami In response to the demand for travel between Orlando and Miami the costs to travel by car and other factors FECI is launching an ambitious effort to offer passenger rail service between the two metropolises by 2014 Much of the feasibility for the rail service lies in the fact that FECI owns the track and right of way along the coast The company is building the line s final link between Cocoa and Orlando to complete the route Future plans call for service to Jacksonville and Tampa linking a huge bulk of Florida s population to passenger rail Besides providing a comfortable and cost effective travel option approximately 3 hours total the All Aboard Florida line will include stops and access to airports seaports and commuter rail systems in Orlando West Palm Ft Lauderdale and Miami Trains will cruise at around 80 mph and integrate well with FECI s existing freight lines Cabins will include coach and first class options as well as WI FI Anyone on the go can certainly appreciate that See an infographic from All Aboard Florida below Economically the new line is expected to create thousands of quality jobs something our state has certainly suffered from a lack of in recent years According to FECI over 6 000 construction jobs will be required along with over 1 000 permanent personnel for operations Taxpayers and citizens of Florida will also realize benefits in terms of reduced road maintenance and construction costs and will not bear any financial risk In terms of Florida s environment though we consider this a big step forward

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  • January | 2012 | Florida Wildlife Federation Blog
    conclusion by the FIU team On coral reefs invasive lionfish have been shown to reduce recruitment of native fishes by nearly 80 over a 5 wk period Albins Hixon 2008 similar predation rates in estuaries could have major yet undocumented effects particularly for species that rely on estuarine systems as nursery habitat The continued presence of lionfish in estuarine nursery habitats may threaten the early life history stages of a number of commercially recreationally and ecologically valuable fish species Look but don t touch Although not fatal to humans the dorsal anal and pelvic spines of lionfish can deliver a painful sting as well as cause headache vomiting and respiratory distress If you are stung by a lionfish seek medical attention immediately Learn protective procedures at a local workshop or derby Anyone not properly equipped should not handle the fish If caught on a rod and reel hold the lionfish over a cooler or bucket and cut the line Photo credit Stephen Vives Lionfish are native to coral reefs in the South Pacific and Indian oceans and are not known to have any native predators or parasites They are often described as gluttonous feeders and voracious predators feeding on some of society s most economically important species like small reef fish snapper grouper and shrimp For this reason conservationists fishing groups divers and others have banded together to try to slow down this onslaught Bounties fish derbies and development as a food source have all been attempted to try to stem the spread of lionfish territory Belize had a bounty program until it ran out of money and many fish derbies have been held in Florida and the Caribbean Last year the Palm Beach Lionfish Derby brought in 700 lionfish a tournament in Abaco Bahamas brought in close to 3

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