Urban Wildlife

St. Augustine Humane Society Adds Spay Shuttle Schedules and Discounts

The St. Augustine Humane Society is offering more Spay Shuttle schedules and pricing discounts for spaying and neutering cats during the current kitten season. According to Carolyn Smith, St. Augustine Humane Society’s interim operations director, a record number of unwanted kittens are being born in the local area.

Wanted: Nuisance Alligator Trappers

Wanted: Nuisance Alligator Trappers

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program is accepting applications for nuisance alligator trappers in Lake, Sumter and St. Johns counties.

Bald Eagles Nest spotted in St. Augustine

Bald Eagles Nest spotted in St. Augustine

St. Augustine, Fla. -- A new bald eagle's nest has been spotted in the St Augustine area and has nature lovers talking.

St. Augustine Eco Tours gave us these pictures...it's a nest they say one of their naturalists spotted while cruising South of the 312-bridge on Anastasia Island.

The bald eagle was taken off the endangered species list a few years ago. The group says the nest shows the eagle is adapting to its habitat, which is increasingly encroached upon by humans.

Eco Tours says the nest is expected to grow.

So far they've only spotted one eagle in the nest. It is a juvenile.

Eco Tours says about 30-eagles live along the area, but that this is the first new nest in quite some time.

The Turtles are Coming! Sea Turtle Nesting Begins

The Turtles are Coming! Sea Turtle Nesting Begins

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Sea turtle season starts May 1, but turtles could start nesting early.

"We could have a nest tonight," explained Tara Dodson with St. Johns County. 

Last year was a record season for sea turtle nests in St. Johns County, but officials are not sure if that will continue this season.

"Because we had a record year, there's potential for us to have yet another record year if not more than what we had last year and there's the potential that the numbers could drop dramatically," said Dodson. 

Volunteers will begin monitoring the beaches looking for turtle tracks May 1.

St. Augustine Humane Society Offers Feral Cat Trap and Return, Spay and Neuter Program

St. Augustine Humane Society is offering a feral cat trap and return, spay and neuter program. The local non-profit maintains a public trap depot that can be accessed by individuals who wish to humanely control the local feral cat population. The feral cat caregiver may borrow the traps to catch feral cats for trap and return purposes only.  The Humane Society's shuttle system will transport the ferals for spay and neuter surgeries at the organization's partner clinic, First Coast No More Homeless Pets in Jacksonville. The humane feral cat traps are available for $50 per trap with a refundable cash deposit.

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.

St. Augustine Humane Society Offers Volunteer Programs and Training

St. Augustine Humane Society Offers Volunteer Programs and Training

The St. Augustine Humane Society is recruiting and training volunteers for a variety of services including  reception area, administration, spay shuttle operations, events, fundraising, humane education, newsletter, website, pet food bank, landscape design, facility maintenance, and building renovations, among others. The Humane Society accepts volunteers who are 17 years of age and older.