National Parks Traveler – New Stressor To Coral Reefs Uncovered: Nitrogen

Dive beneath the surface in the lower Florida Keys, and swimmers once found themselves hovering above vibrant, coral communities. However, the past three decades have revealed a devastating loss of reef life around the globe. In the Looe Key Sanctuary Preservation Area alone, living coral cover plunged from 33 percent in 1984 to less than…

CBA – “Grasses in Classes” Comes to Butler Elementary School

The yellow school busses pull into the parking lot at Charles E. Cessna Landing in Walton County. Brakes hiss and doors squeal open and the excited chatter of children goes from muted to a dull roar. Third grade students from Butler Elementary School leap to the ground, making a bee-line toward their teachers, who herd…

CBA – The Tangled Web We Weave

My husband and I pull up to the boat ramp at Ross Marler Park. Located on Okaloosa Island, between bustling Fort Walton Beach and Destin, the park provides a quiet oasis on the Choctawhatchee Bay for families to grill, relax, and swim. While the sandy shorelines looked inviting, the pull of the waves (and the…