Voices for Biodiversity – Apalachicola NERR

Apalachicola Bay has long been famous around the world for its thousands of acres of oyster beds. In fact, in the past, 90 percent of Eastern oysters served in Florida were from Apalachicola. However, changes in climate and reduced freshwater flow into the bay from upstream diversions are changing the estuary. Fortunately, Apalachicola Bay scientists…

Voices for Biodiversity – The Specter of Lionfish

The sun shone down on me as I set up my booth at the Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day in Pensacola, Florida. Though I was there to talk about the Emerald Coast’s artificial reef and Gulf to Table program, the day definitely revolved around the invasive species that has taken the Florida coast by storm….

Voices for Biodiversity – Snowy Plovers and Citizen Science along the Florida Panhandle

For those who bird on the Emerald Coast, Snowy Plovers are a relatively common sight on Okaloosa Island – once you walk away from the more crowded beach access points. Less than seven inches long and lighter than two ounces, they breed in the dunes on the island and forage for prey throughout the wave line. In Florida, they are also a state-designated threatened species. …