April 2014

An active osprey nest atop the marina dam at Flamingo in Everglades National Park is about 12 feet up — so near the ground that you can look the chicks in the eye, hear them chirp and get unusually close photos. When not feeding them, their mom perches on a topless palm trunk a few yards away, indifferent to the crowd of picture snappers. Ospreys usually stay on the nest until mid-April.
From the local resident with a 16-foot center console to the movers and shakers riding 100-plus-foot fiberglass, Hollywood wants to accommodate them all.
One of the best things Miami-Dade County does is April’s annual Baynanza shoreline cleanup on Biscayne Bay, scheduled this year for Saturday morning, April 26. Thousands of volunteers will remove ton upon ton of trash, refuse, rubbish and jetsam found on beaches, adrift along bulkheads and snagged among the roots of mangroves.
Cruise lines continue to diversify, with itineraries that seem to offer some- thing for everyone, from steeped-in-the- wild adventure cruises to massive floating resorts. But large or small, eco or culinary, most cruises today strive to connect passengers to local cultures.
Coral reefs around the world are in decline, including those in South Florida.
Florida, home to the only barrier reef in the continental U.S., is taking steps to save one of its most valuable resources by getting the community involved in the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Coral Reef Conservation Program.
Manatee forefins are bone sets remarkably like five-fingered human hands.
Who wants to be a crocodile response agent when they grow up? Gee, that’s a lot of raised hands.
It’s hard to know exactly how many waterfalls there are on the side of the mountain in a remote corner of southeast Haiti. From my vantage point on a nearby slope, I counted at least a dozen, and that was at the end of the dry season last year. The rainy season in the spring, I’d been told, puts the cascade in Cascade Pichon.
An active osprey nest atop the marina dam at Flamingo in Everglades National Park is about 12 feet up — so near the ground that you can look the chicks in the eye, hear them chirp and get unusually close photos. When not feeding them, their mom perches on a topless palm trunk a few yards away, indifferent to the crowd of picture snappers. Ospreys usually stay on the nest until mid-April.
Coral reefs around the world are in decline, including those in South Florida.
Manatee forefins are bone sets remarkably like five-fingered human hands.

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