Urban Wildlife

Red Snapper Population Set for Rebound

Holly Binns, manager of the Pew Environment Group's Campaign to End Overfishing in the Southeast, issued the following statement today in response to Commerce Secretary Gary Locke’s final approval of the South Atlantic red snapper recovery plan, Amendment 17A.

“This plan puts South Atlantic red snapper on the right track for recovery, and it is long overdue. This iconic species has been fished at unsustainable rates for decades, and this decisive action is required now to save it.

Sea Turtle Nesting Season Continues, Season Will Extend Beyond October 31st

Although October 31st marks the traditional end of sea turtle nesting season, St. Johns County has four turtle nests on the beaches that have not yet hatched.

Therefore, in compliance with the County’s Habitat Conservation Plan, beach officials will continue to enforce rules associated with sea turtle nesting season, including keeping all vehicles off the beach between 7:30 pm and 8:00 am. Rut removal activities will also continue.

Jacksonville Participates in Statewide Event to Promote Florida’s Beaches

The Great VISIT FLORIDA Beach Walk, held Nov. 6, anticipates to kick-start Florida tourism after a summer soaked in oil spill news.  Floridians will rally to celebrate the Sunshine State’s sandy shores and show the world – with photos from each of the 825 miles of Florida’s beaches, including 21 miles of Duval County beaches – that Florida’s beaches are as beautiful as ever. 

Visitors are invited to celebrate the season with family fun throughout Florida

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Florida State Parks is hosting a variety of fall festivals full of family fun this month. From Halloween alternatives to seasonal celebrations, Florida’s award-winning state parks are hosting events for all interests.

Duval County Public Schools Creating a Green Culture

Recently, the Duval County School Board approved the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) proposal of nearly $800,000. The funded amount will continue to expand efforts within three categories: school retrofit, waste reduction activities and low emission vehicles.

Keeping Critters out of Your Home

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. -- They can cause the kind of damage that can lead to costly home repairs. They are the four-legged critters looking for a place to stay warm.

"There are rodents, squirrels and raccoons always around this time of year looking for nesting sites," said Jeff Saylor.

Saylor, with Arrow Exterminators, said those nesting sites are in First Coast homes.

Saylor the entry points are easy to find; just look near the air conditioning systems.

"Service lines are easy access points for rodents to get into your home," said Saylor.

He said another weak spot is the soffit, the area under the eaves of the roof. 

"Rats can get through an area the size of a quarter, mice can get through about the size of a dime," he said.

Even a tree near your home can become an access point.

Saylor's advice is pay attention to the surroundings.

Stone Crab Season Opens Oct. 15

The commercial and recreational harvest season for stone crab claws in Florida opens on Oct. 15.  The season will remain open through May 15.

Stone crab claws must be at least 2 3/4 inches in length to be harvested legally, and claws may not be taken from egg-bearing female stone crabs.  Recreational harvesters are allowed to use up to five stone crab traps, and there is a daily bag limit of one gallon of claws per person or two gallons per vessel, whichever is less.

Click here for more information regarding the recreational harvest of stone crab claws.

Click here for commercial stone crab regulations and licensing information (click on "Fishing - Saltwater").