Unsung Heroes and Great Birding at the Egret Marsh Stormwater Park and Wildlife Sanctuary and Other Conserved Areas; a tribute to Keith McCully, Alexis Peralta, and Indian River County’s Stormwater Division.

The President’s Hootby Richard H. Baker, Ph.D.March 2021 We are so lucky in our county to have such diverse habitats in which birds thrive. Conservation areas create great birding opportunities in Florida and Indian River County (IRC) for the experienced…

Have politicians forgotten Florida Forever, the best land conservation program in America?

In plain language, the Water and Land Conservation Amendment intended primarily to fund Florida Forever has been ignored and brazenly abused since its passage. The 4.2 million Floridians who voted for the amendment and those who want Florida to continue to be a beautiful and desirable place to live should be offended. The state’s leaders have thumbed their noses at you and by their actions have said — we don’t care how you voted or what you think.

Video: Roseate Spoonbills in Florida Bay: A pink canary in a coal mine with Jerry Lorenz, Ph.D.

Dr. Jerry Lorenz studies Roseate Spoonbill while working with staff and volunteers to collect nesting information across Florida Bay. Data analyses show shifts in nesting distribution due to habitat destruction in the Keys. Recently nesting success has decreased and nest…