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Snook Season Closure in Gulf – Everglades – Florida Keys starts 12-1

The recreational harvest Snook season closes Dec. 1 in Gulf state and federal waters, including Monroe County and Everglades National Park, and will remain closed through Feb. 28, reopening to harvest March 1. Anglers may continue to catch and release snook during the closed season. This and other regular Snook season closures are designed to…

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The Case Of The (Not) Missing Florida Flamingos

Is there anything more Floridian than a flamingo? They’re everywhere. Pink plastic ornaments dotting lawns. On cocktail swizzlers and motel signs. But what about real Florida Flamingos? Real, live Flamingos occasionally show up in the Everglades. A couple years ago a big flock showed up in a Palm Beach County stormwater treatment area. But the official…

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Dry Tortugas American Crocodile Relocated to Everglades

The Dry Tortugas are a small, remote cluster of islands 70 miles west of Key West. This Dry Tortugas American Crocodile hasn’t seen another member of his own species since he swam out here in 2003 — which makes it difficult not to think of him as the World’s Loneliest Crocodile. by shannon collingsworth This American…

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My 3 Favorite Things To Do in the Upper Florida Keys

I have been in love with the Florida Keys most of my life. Having been born and raised in South Florida, the natural beauty of the area has captivated me since early childhood. The fortune of growing up in a boating family instilled me with an unending need to experience nature to it’s fullest. The…

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Spring Time Florida Keys American Crocodile Mating Season

As with most crocodilians, the Florida Keys American Crocodile courtship and mating are stimulated by increasing ambient water and air temperatures. Reproductive behaviors peak when body temperatures reach levels necessary to sustain hormonal activity and gametogenesis. In South Florida, temperatures sufficient to allow initiation of American Crocodile courtship behavior are reached by late February through…

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Snook Season in Gulf Waters and Florida Keys

The recreational harvest season for one of Florida’s premier fish, snook, is open March and April and again September thru November in Florida’s Gulf of Mexico state and adjacent federal waters, including Everglades National Park and Monroe County.  In the Gulf, anglers may keep one snook per day that is not less than 28 inches or more than…

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Florida’s American Crocodile: Biology and History of a Threatened Species

A comprehensive book, written by a longtime Sanibel resident, which sheds light on the Florida American crocodile, has hit the shelves a month early.Author Charles LeBuff will sign copies of his book Florida’s Crocodile: Biology and History of a Threatened Species from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, at MacIntosh Books and Paper,…

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Upper Florida Keys Suggestions For Your Bucket List

Do you know how many parks there are in the Upper Florida Keys? Me neither. Between the City Parks: Islamorada’s Founders Park and Anne’s Beach, Monroe County Parks: Harry Harris, Florida State Parks: John Pennekamp and Lignumvitae and the National Parks-Refuges-Sanctuaries: Everglades, Crocodile Lake and the all encompassing Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, you are…

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Feds Set Boat Fees for Everglades National Park

A mandatory education class for boaters using Florida Bay waters within Everglades National Park will be free but a mandatory boat permit will cost. Those proposals to protect the bay’s shallow waters are written into the national park’s new management plan but no start dates have been announced. Everglades staff briefed the advisory council members…

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State Investigating Seagrass Die-off in Florida Bay

A couple months of drought-like conditions for the southern region of the state coupled with a lack of freshwater being sent down through the Everglades by the South Florida Water Management District are among the factors that have caused an extensive seagrass die-off in the northern region of the Florida Bay, according to experts. “Everything…

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Only Licensed ‘Removal Agents’ to Hunt Pythons in Everglades

Python Challenge hunters planning to prowl the pinelands, mangroves and sloughs of Everglades National Park this winter should think again. Any pythons rounded up inside the national park’s boundaries must be taken alive by a specially authorized “python removal agent,” a National Park Service regional director said in a Sept. 25 letter. Apparently that applies to…

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Guides Helped Guide New Everglades Park Management Plan

Advice from Florida Bay guides and anglers, shared on trips to remote waters, helped shape Everglades National Park’s new management plan. The extensive plan, released Friday after more than a dozen years in the making, outlines new pole-or-troll zones for boaters in the park and lays the groundwork for mandatory boating education and boat fees for…

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Environmental group challenges 2016 Python Challenge

A national environmental group has challenged the 2016 Python Challenge. From Jan. 16 through Feb. 14, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will hold its second competition to remove pythons from public lands in South Florida; this year, hunting grounds have been expanded to include parts of Everglades National Park. Public Employees for Environmental…

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Protecting Everglades Park Ends Way of Life for Gladesmen

A new general management plan will phase out private airboat use on 109,000 acres added to the park in 1989 and require commercial operators to come under management of Everglades National Park as concessions. Permits will be given to longtime users but cannot be passed on.  The aging gladesmen of the River of Grass will…