Essential Intelligence

It's Lovebug Season

A primer on the annoying critters covering your windshield.

2:14pm By Kim Doleatto

The Future of Fish

Proposed Aquaculture Facility in the Gulf of Mexico Draws Opposition from Sarasota Environmentalists

Suncoast Waterkeeper founder Justin Bloom says waste from the facility could worsen red tide.

05/10/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Awww!

Baby Lemurs Born in Myakka

Two mothers gave birth this weekend: collared brown lemur Isabelle welcomed one baby, while red ruffed lemur Zazabe had triplets.

05/03/2021 By Megan McDonald

Do-Over

The Florida State Parks Foundation Wants to Plant Another 100,000 New Pine Trees

It worked last year. Why not do it again?

04/29/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Sustainable cinema

Sarasota Film Festival Series Shows the Local Effects of Climate Change

The four mini-documentaries will premiere on the festival's website on Friday, April 30.

04/29/2021 By Allison Forsyth

Nature

Selby Gardens Invites Citizens to Participate in City Nature Challenge

Selby Gardens is partnering with The Nature Conservancy in Orlando to host a friendly competition among several Florida communities.

04/28/2021 By Staff

Turtle Power

Sea Turtles Arrive in Sarasota on Earth Day

The first nest of the 2021 season was reported just north of the public Venice Beach area.

04/22/2021 By Staff

From Trash to Treasure

Turn Garbage Into Black Gold by Composting

Thanks to Sunshine Community Compost, since 2017, 50,000 pounds of food scraps have been diverted from local landfills and more than 2,500 people have learned about composting through its educational programs.

04/22/2021 By Kim Doleatto

Palmistry

A Sarasota Environmentalist's New Book Is a Love Letter to the Cabbage Palm

Jono Miller's new collection of essays is meant to give the palm the credit it's due. Can he make our writer love it, too?

04/22/2021 By Isaac Eger

So close!

State Parks Foundation Nears Goal of Raising $100,000 to Plant 100,000 Pine Trees

Through its Plant a Pine program, the foundation has already put new longleaf pines in the ground in a dozen state parks, including Osprey's Oscar Scherer State Park.

04/21/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Education

Selby Gardens Creates Virtual Tours for Students

The program has connected with nearly 1,000 students since its start in January.

04/21/2021 By Staff

Marine Life

Mote Coral Restoration Efforts Featured in National Geographic, Good Morning America

To date, Mote has planted more than 100,000 fragments of coral along Florida’s Coral Reef.

04/20/2021 By Staff

Q&A

A New Book From a Sarasota Native Tells the Story of the Fight to Save the Everglades

Amy Green's "Moving Water: The Everglades and Big Sugar" was recently published by Johns Hopkins University Press.

04/19/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Red Tide

Red Tide Present in the Gulf, DOH Says

And is it just a coincidence after the Piney Point crisis?

04/15/2021 By Staff

Marine Life

Florida Keys to Undergo Unprecedented Coral Restoration Project

The restoration effort, which includes Mote Marine Laboratory, is the most ambitious effort to date in the U.S.

04/15/2021 By Staff

2021 Hurricane Forecast

Get Ready for an Active Hurricane Season

The southwest coast of Florida may not be as lucky as in past decades.

04/15/2021 By Susan Burns

Nesting Season

Sea Turtle Nesting Season Begins May 1

Residents are urged to keep light out of sight and remove unused beach furniture and coastal structures.

04/14/2021 By Staff

Crisis in Palmetto

DeSantis, State Officials Plan to Close Piney Point Facility

Full cleanup and closure costs could top $200 million.

04/13/2021 By Staff

Red Tide

New Report Reveals Impacts of 2018 Red Tide Bloom

The report details conditions in the five-county Tampa Bay/Sarasota Bay region before, during and after the red tide event across 18 measures of community well being.

04/13/2021 By Staff

Piney Point

Environmentalists Warn That Piney Point Pollution Could Affect Sarasota Bay

More than 200 million gallons of wastewater have been discharged into Tampa Bay. That could have major effects on the health of Sarasota Bay.

04/09/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker