In honor of the rapidly approaching onset of the sea turtle nesting season, one of our senior naturalist and Sea Turtle Ranger, Argelio Chaviano, teaches the kids at Linda Lentin K-8 Center about these fascinating creatures. These outreach programs are being conducted at various title 1 schools, contact us to book your own outreach programs.
February 28, 2014
Looks like our resident Sandhill Cranes have made themselves a fine nest on a small island inside of Crandon Gardens. Typically gestation time for this species is about 29-32 days. We might get a chance to see some babies! Wish them luck!
February 28, 2014
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Jacquemontia reclinata is a member of the morning glory family (Convolvulaceae) that is restricted to the southeastern coast of Florida. Much of the primary habitat of this species, beach coastal strand and maritime hammock, has been destroyed or altered for residential and commercial construction. Fewer than 1,000 individual plants exist, placing this species under the category of endangered. They are found in small, widely separated populations in Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties, where habitat loss and modification place this species at a high risk of extinction. Habitat conservation and management and reintroduction efforts are needed to ensure the survival of this species.
February 25, 2014
Bill Ahern, Miami-Dade’s Lead Sea Turtle Ranger and Capt. James Baker of the Finway, stand alongside 34 pounds of fishing line collected at Pelican Harbor Marina through Miami Dade’s Fishing Line Recycling program. The collective total for Haulover, Bill Bird & Pelican Harbor Marinas totals to approx. 217 lbs since the start of the program. The program started up in 2005 through a grant provided by University of Florida’s Sea Grants Program and continues through the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmostpheric Sciences.The collection bins that can be found at most Miami Dade Marinas and Fishing Sites were installed by a local group of Eagle Scouts. Thanks go out to everyone who assisted this effort: The Kelley Fleet, New Moon, Finway, Free Spool, The Therapy, The Spellbound & all the dock Hands & community fisher folks for helping keep this threat to our marine life out of our waters and coastal communities.
February 23, 2014
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It was a beautiful, sunny day on Biscayne Bay this Saturday morning. We were accompanied on the still bay waters by a group of dads and daughters from the Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart. Here are some shots of the trip;
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February 16, 2014
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These gorgeous little jewels eat the leaves of the Orange Geiger Tree (Cordia sebestena), to the dismay of many landscapers. The damage caused by these beetles is typically only cosmetic. The beauty of these tiny beetles might be harder to see than the bright orange flowers of their Geiger Tree host, however no less impressive. These insects remind us that stopping and smelling the flowers might lead to a different discovery upon closer inspection.
April 16, 2010
Earthfest 2010, a celebration of Earth, the greater Everglades, and a sustainable future for all of South Florida, returns to Crandon Park Visitor and Nature Center, April 18, Noon – 6 p.m.
(Miami-Dade County, FL) – In honor of the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, Miami-Dade Parks, Earth Learning, and Expand the Love present the annual EarthFest 2010, an annual festival promoting all things ecologically sustainable, on Sunday, April 18, noon – 6 p.m., at Crandon Park Visitor and Nature Center, located at the north beach entrance of Crandon Park, 6767 Crandon Blvd., in Key Biscayne.The free, day-long annual event will feature the very best vegetarian and vegan foods, live performances, workshops, “green” vendors offering earth-friendly products, an electronics recycling center, environmental educational organizations, and much more. The Miami-Dade Parks EcoAdventures™ staff of naturalists will provide Eco Tram tours of the Bear Cut preserve and guided nature walks through the coastal hardwood hammocks of Crandon Park.
Workshops will be going on from noon to 5 p.m. on various topics including:
Earthfest will also feature musical and artistic performances by groups including Heavy Pets, Teri Catlin, Sosos, PHIsonica with Kavayah Amn and Xavier Hawk, Soulflower, Jai (formerly Soul Temple), Jude Papaloko, and Lucho performing an Earth healing ceremony hosted by Val Silidker. Performances are presented by Expand the Love.
There will also be a community drum circle and patrons are encouraged to bring a drum or other percussion instruments to participate.
Admission to Earthfest 2010 is free. There is a $6 per car parking fee. For more information on Earthfest 2010, please visit the website at www.earthfest.us, or call the Crandon Park Visitor and Nature Center at 305-361-6767, ext. 112.
Earthfest 2010 is presented by Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department, Earth Learning, and Expand the Love. It is funded in part by Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Department and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Carlos A. Gimenez, District Seven. Sponsors include Miami Dade College Earth Ethics Institute, Disney Nature’s Oceans, Whole Foods Market, Earth Learning, Natural Awakenings Magazine, Edible South Florida Magazine, WLRN Public Radio, Miami New Times, and CBS Outdoor Advertising.
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