Category: Wildlife

A fish out of water!

Marine and freshwater fish support important angling industries that provide substantial benefit to local economies. Although catch and release – both voluntary and mandatory – aims to conserve fish stocks, its effectiveness is dependent on the survival and… Read More

Flying gems add to your Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ yard

BY Ralph E. Mitchell Beyond the plants found in our tropical/subtropical landscapes, another enjoyable aspect of this environment is the wildlife it attracts.  Birds often highlight this facet of wildlife including the small living jewels we call hummingbirds. … Read More

The SNAP, CRACKLE, POP of fish sounds

Did you know, there are over 800 fish species in the world that can purposefully make sounds? Fish make sounds for many reasons, including during feeding, defending or advertising territory, finding mates, courtship and spawning. Sound is important… Read More

Meet the bivalves

Bivalves are mollusks that have a two-part hinged shell which hides the soft-bodied animal inside. Clams, oysters, scallops and mussels are all considered bivalves. Let’s take a closer look at a couple. Bay Scallop Bay scallops (Argopecten irradians)… Read More

Fish that hang out in surface waters

baitfish school

Surface waters provide a huge, but nearly featureless place for fish to live. In bottom waters there’s vegetation like seagrass and mangrove roots, there’s rock outcrops, oyster reefs, docks and pilings, and even artificial reefs. But up at… Read More