Urban Wildlife

St. Johns Riverkeeper Announces Plans to Step Down in 2012

In a video message to members and supporters on the organization’s website (www.stjohnsriverkeeper.org/blog),  Neil Armingeon announced that he is stepping down in 2012 as the St. Johns Riverkeeper.

County Humane Society holds “Bark After Dark” Benefit Auction on Saturday, May 7th

County Humane Society holds “Bark After Dark” Benefit Auction on Saturday, May 7th

The Clay County Humane Society will hold its 9th Annual “Bark After Dark” Benefit Auction and Cocktail Party on Saturday, May 7th from 6pm–10pm.  The event will take place at the beautiful Winterbourne Inn located at Club Continental on the St. Johns River. Ticket cost is $50.00 per guest and includes a silent auction, gourmet cuisine, live music, dancing under the stars to music by Lorenzo and the Allstars Band and a much anticipated Bachelor and Prize Auction.  Each bachelor will be accompanied by a four-legged companion up for adoption by local rescue organizations.  All proceeds benefit the Humane Society, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.  For more information contact the Clay County Humane Society at 904-276-7729.

Warm Weather Means Active Alligators and Crocodiles

Warm Weather Means Active Alligators and Crocodiles

The onset of warm weather in the spring is when Florida's alligators and crocodiles start getting active, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds Floridians and visitors to be cautious when having fun in and around water.

FWC Proposes Catch-and-Release Only for Bonefish

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) proposed draft rules on Wednesday that would allow only catch-and-release fishing for bonefish, a premier saltwater game fish in Florida.  The proposed rules would also establish new provisions regarding the possession of bonefish by anglers and the possession and transport of bonefish during bonefish fishing tournaments.

FWC Considers Extending Alligator Hunting Hours

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) directed staff to advertise a rule amendment to extend alligator hunting hours. Commissioners will vote on it at their June meeting.

How Many Birds Can You Count?

Chilly weather throughout Florida has kept residents inside and close to their heaters, under blankets and in their sweats, long sleeves and socks during December and January. However, spring is just around the corner and there is wildlife to discover in your backyard!

Get your binoculars ready, because starting Feb. 18, the largest bird count in North America begins. The Great Backyard Bird Count, which runs through Feb. 21, is a wonderful chance to add to your Bird Detective checklist and help scientists monitor birds across America. If you do not have a checklist, download it from MyFWC.com/Learning. In the left-hand menu, click “Fun Stuff.” From there, look on the right side of the page under “Educator Links” for “Jr. Birder Program.”

Eighth Annual NEFAR Charity Bass Fishing Tournament Set For April 30

Eighth Annual NEFAR Charity Bass Fishing Tournament Set For April 30

For the eighth consecutive year, the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors (NEFAR) will raise funds for the Haven Hospice Roberts Care Center in Palatka through a catch-and-release Charity Bass Fishing Tournament on April 30. NEFAR donates one hundred percent of all proceeds raised to Haven Hospice and has donated more than $124,000 during the past seven years.