Monday, January 31, 2011

Up to my eyeballs in alligators!

(Photo by Matt MacQueen)

I'm hopelessly behind in my blog posting - computer problems (fixed, thank goodness), and up to my eyeballs in alligators at work (it's an old aerospace saying - when you're up to your eyeballs in alligators, it's hard to remember that your objective is to drain the swamp).
Meanwhile, there's some good news on the critter front. Vickie reports from Tennessee that there will be no sandhill crane hunting for two years, pending further studies (see Reference Links below for the complete story). Vickie has waged a tireless battle for years on behalf of whooping cranes and now the sandhill cranes. If you have not wandered through her blog to look at her art, greeting cards, gourd art, etc - DO!
More good critter news - the right whale I wrote of in the previous post was successfully untangled. (In answer to Kelly's question, it is a Right Whale, not a Wright Whale - whalers thought they were the "right" ones to hunt. Kelly likes alliteration :)
Not such good news is the cold weather impact on the manatees and sea turtles. And from my perspective, the news out of Gatorland that they are adding a zip line is a bummer.
Friends continue to do wonderful things. Two of Jim Angy's sea turtle photos were used in National Wildlife Federation report on the status of sea turtles - one on the cover! This 20-page report is chock-full of sea turtle data. See Reference Links below for a link to it. - you can download a copy from the NWF site. I'm eagerly awaiting the Birds of Viera Wetlands Birding Guide developed by Charlie Corbeil. I've seen the draft, and he writes that it has been printed and my copy is in the mail. Matt MacQueen won first place in the Living Wild category of the Florida Wildlife magazine for his photo of a frog on a lily. Wayne Matchett's presentation of Wildflowers of Wickham Park to members of the Conradina Chapter of the Native Plant Society was beautiful and informative. Talented friends, indeed!
The Birding and Wildlife Festival was a big success, according to the reports of friends that attended - I missed it this year, but apparently some 4,500 people attended. Florida Cracker made the trip over from Florida's west coast to the Festival to meet Julie Zickefoose - follow the link below to his Pure Florida blog for an account of the get-together.
Stay warm.
Reference Links:
Vickie Henderson - A New Plan for the Eastern Population of Sandhill Cranes
NWF Report - Sea Turtle Homecoming, Class of 2010: A Proactive Coastal Conservation Agenda for Florida
Pure Florida - Why I Went to the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival

2 comments:

Caroline said...

Marge,
We are up to our South Dakota eyeballs in -40 windchills...that would take care of your alligators
:o)

Louzar said...

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