Finally, Some Hope To Save Our Manatees, Fishes, and Birds

Previous Hoots have sounded the alarm that we need to support improving our Indian River Lagoon (IRL), St. Sebastian River, and our manatees, fishes, and birds. Finally, there is some recent positive efforts by Gov. DeSantis who, on January 10, 2023, issued an Executive Order Number 23-06 recommitting to make our Lagoon and Everglades a priority for restoration. 

January 2023 Birds Need Plants Photo Contest

Birds have evolved into such unique diversity in every ecological niche. Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers are the only woodpeckers that drill shallow holes through the cambium layer or inner bark of trees, tapping the plant tissues (xylem and phloem), which conduct water, nutrients, and sap that oozes out of the holes.

December 2022 Birds Need Plants Photo Contest

How exciting to spot a Ruby-throated Hummingbird flying into the tree, then find its tiny nest in the making on a branch overhanging the water. Then return week after week to see the full nesting/developmental process. Alice Horst captured it all!