Urban Wildlife

St. Augustine Humane Society Offers Special Discount for Spaying and Neutering Cats for Spay Day

In honor of Spay Day, the St. Augustine Humane Society is offering a special discount on spaying and neutering cats. The promotion is held in conjunction with the annual campaign of The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International to inspire people to save animal lives by spaying or neutering pets and feral cats.

St. Johns County Health Department Lifts Rabies Alert

The St. Johns County Health Department has lifted a 60 day rabies alert that resulted from a report of a feral cat that tested positive for rabies.

The alert, which covered Rio Vista Avenue in St. Augustine, in an area bounded on the north by Ponce Island Drive; the south to Rambla Street;  the east to the Intracoastal Waterway and the west to Lewis Speedway, was issued on December 20, 2010.

Sharks Swarm Near South Florida Shore

Sharks Swarm Near South Florida Shore

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- The warmer waters off Florida are bringing more sharks closer to the coast.

Thousands of sharks were spotted Wednesday, swimming about 50 yards from the shore near the Boca Raton Inlet.

The area called shark ledge is a popular diving spot known for its population of caribbean reef sharks and other sea life.

Biologists say sharks typically migrate this time of year to warmer waters.

They also swim close to shore to chase bait fish.

 

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.”

Saint Augustine Man Finishes in Top 10 of Bass Fishing Tournament

Walmart FLW Tour pro Brandon McMillanof Belle Glade, Fla., caught a five-bass limit weighing 25 pounds, 7 ounces Sunday to win $125,000 at the Walmart FLW Tour presented by Evinrude on Lake Okeechobee with a four-day catch of 20 bass weighing 106-10. McMillan’s total weight set a new FLW Tour record for heaviest total tournament weight caught.

Biologists Plan on Necropsy, Burial for Whale

Biologists Plan on Necropsy, Burial for Whale

CRESCENT BEACH, Fla. -- A 2-year-old female right whale found dead in the water Tuesday has been dissected by a team of biologists and veterinarians, and its skeleton is now in its way to Georgia.  

The animal was pulled up onto Crescent Beach by a boat after a Florida Fish and Wildlife team spotted it about 12 nautical miles off of Palm Coast.

The whale is estimated to be about 30 feet long and 15,500 lbs. The same whale was found entangled in a net in mid-December and again in mid-January, said Karrie Carnes, spokesperson for NOAA.

"We know it traveled south almost  to Miami and back again," said Barb Zoodsma, a biologist on the team conducting the necropsy.

SLIDESHOW: WHALE ON THE BEACH

Alligator Farm Hosts FrogWatch Meeting

The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park is forming a “FrogWatch” chapter and invites participation from those interested in learning more about frogs and toads! The sounds of indigenous and exotic frogs will soon fill our spring and summer evenings. Frog Watch will offer opportunities to learn about frogs and toads, techniques for listening to and recording what you hear in your backyard, and a chance to be a part of a national citizen science program.