Nature and the Environment

  • Calendar

    July 8, 2010
  • Blogs

    June 25, 2010

    Pythons Banned in Florida

    ​Bad news for lovers of giant snakes, killing babies, Tiffany, and Debbie Gibson: Burmese pythons have been banned in Florida. On Thursday, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission signed new rules that prohibit anyone from owning Burmese pythons and, actually, any other "reptiles of concern" as p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    Wildlife Cops Bust Man Selling Pythons on Craigslist

    Bethany Berg Via Flicker CCThe ad on Craigslist Miami shows a photo of two large black snakes slithering on white carpet. "Ball Pythons for Cheap," the headline reads. "They are very tame and eat one mouse a week." Scroll down a bit and find a "dwarf pastel Colombian redtail boa" for $160. A bit f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2010

    You Have One Day to Kill a Snake Or Python Hunting Season is a Failure

    The idea of the government asking people to take there hunting equipment out into the Everglades and swamps of Florida to end the lives of "reptiles of concern like" may not have been the most humane thing, but boy were we excited. We mean, these snakes could kills us and our young children and our ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2010

    Six Rat & Roach-Related Emergency Restaurant Closures So Far in March

    toon by Alex Izaguirre​We hate to have to tell you this, but if six restaurants have been shut down for rats and roaches so far this month. How many do you think are getting away with it?How many plastic-smiling waitresses have you tipped while they knowingly handed you food that had been in a kit ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 21, 2010
  • Blogs

    January 14, 2010

    14-Foot Python Found in Miami-Dade Raises Concern of "Super Snake"

    via South Florida Water Management District/Sun-Sentinel​The great snake scourge of the Everglades continues to thrive despite the recent cold snap and Sen. Bill Nelson's giant snake killing parties.During a recent sweep, state officials found five African rock pythons, including a 14-foot-female ... More >>

  • News

    January 7, 2010
  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    Record 429 Manatee Fatalities in 2009

    The news for Florida manatees started off strong last year, as wildlife officials announced that their survey found a record number of manatees in our waters. In fact, they had found 500 more than ever before, but 2009 ended on a sour note when 429 manatees were estimated to have died. Much like ano ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2010

    Rats! Restaurant Emergency Shutdown Orders for December 2009

    ​An emergency order disposition to a routine food inspection at a restaurant means "conditions have been found that endanger the health and safety of the public requiring immediate closure of the establishment. "Here are three restaurants whose facilities were temporarily closed by health inspecto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2009

    Scientists Worried Everglades Pythons Could Morph into Hybrid Man-Eating Monsters

    Last week, I wrote about a coalition of scientists trying to stop the next dangerous exotic invader from taking over the Everglades. via Wikimedia CommonsAt this point, it's probably just best to run and scream.​Dennis Giardina, a botanist who co-chairs the group, took me on a hunt for nile monito ... More >>

  • News

    September 3, 2009

    Glades Invaders

    It's too late to stop the pythons. The real question is, what's next?

  • Culture

    August 27, 2009


    It's not the usual edgy stuff, but this Miami Science Museum show has some bite.

  • Film

    August 6, 2009

    Ric O'Barry's The Cove Hits Theaters

    The film expertly exposes the horrific treatment of dolphins, but what about the uglies?

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2009

    Seventeen-Foot Python Caught in Okeechobee

    via Florida Fish & Wildlife​ Here's the giant snake that's on the front page of every local news website, so why not ours too? Slow news day. As part of the insane/awesome new government initiative to kill every Burmese python in the wild, this 17-footer was caught yesterda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2009

    Bill Nelson Proposes a Giant Python-Killing Party in the Everglades

    In certain times and places in U.S. history, the answer to every political problem was probably "Let's get a bunch of guys with guns together and solve this." Nowadays, this idea seems to be seriously considered only in matters of Middle East diplomacy, but Florida Sen. Bill Nelson is suggesting a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2009

    Mexican Navy Finds Sharks Stuffed to the Gills with Cocaine

    This story doesn't really have a local hook per se, but I know you all love sharks, and I know you all love cocaine. So what if somehow, some way, sharks and cocaine came together in one slightly amusing but ultimately troublesome incident? Well, thanks to the ingenuity of Mexican drug lords, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2009

    Drink a Smoothie, Help a Sea Turtle at Jamba Juice Today

    Jamba Juice and Caribbean Conservation CorporationSlirp for a good causeIt's a win win, folks.  Show up to Jamba Juice today, purchase a smoothie or other healthful snack, and the company will donate 20 percent of the sale to help ensure the survival of sea turtles.  It's all in cooperatio ... More >>

  • News

    March 5, 2009

    Free Ric O'Barry

    A Miami guy stars in a Sundance film and is sued by angry Dominican dolphin geeks.

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2009

    Couch Potatoes for Lolita

    Big time animal lover Anthony Marasia lives in Hawaii, but he's got beef with Miami. The 35-year old, media savy former zookeeper launched a national campaign Thursday to free Seaquarium's Lolita the killer whale. The plan: broadcast footage of the captive orca in her kiddie pool of a tank on public ... More >>

  • News

    February 26, 2009

    When Animal Activists Attack

    Bit on the set of a Rick Ross video, animal handler Mark McCarthy now squares off against activists.

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2009

    Manatee Population Hits Record Numbers

    Researchers may never be able to prove that manatees are objectively the most adorable thing ever (even though they clearly are), but they are able to report that the state-wide manatee population is on the rise. Back in 2001, researchers counted 3,300 manatees. There were only 1,706 in a 1997 surve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2008

    Santa's Enchanted Hell Hole?

    Animal rights activist Jim Dunn is willing to bet that, if Old Saint Nick could materialize in Miami-Dade, the man in red would paint a huge protest sign and then boycott Santa's Enchanted Forrest. How come? Well, the "country's biggest Christmas theme park" may offer the kiddies lights and trees g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2008
  • Blogs

    January 9, 2008

    Dolphin Dies at Miami Seaquarium

    April, the oldest dolphin at the Miami Seaquarium, and a resident of the park since 1970, died Tuesday morning. April was an Atlantic Bottlenose dolphin in her early forties. She had three offspring, Noel, Sky and Croix and four grandchildren, Denise, Aries, Rioux and Balboa. A necropsy will be pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2008
  • Blogs

    October 16, 2007

    Keep Banning Those Bags

    The tide may be turning: Wal-Mart has recently announced that it will offer customers reusable bags made from recyclable materials. And, want more evidence that plastic is bad for marine mammals? Just ask Pamela Sweeney of the Marine Animal Rescue Society here in Miami. She missed the deadline for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2007

    The Search for Gustave: Burundi's Great Lake Monster

    Florida's alligators are notorious for their predilection for human flesh, and even Miami's golf courses have become fabled crime scenes. But in the small Central African nation of Burundi, one Crocodile by the name of Gustave, has been responsible for two hundred deaths alone. And in Burundi's capi ... More >>

  • News

    September 13, 2007

    Tigers, Cougars, and More in the Back Yard

    Miami's feline fringe is a vanishing breed

  • News

    August 16, 2007

    Go into the Water

    It stops sharks and sunburn. Hell, it costs less than $10 per bottle.

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2007

    This Weekend, Try a Milk Shake and Monkeys

    Sometimes this town can make you feel like a garden snake trapped in a viper pit. Life can be frustrating and hard and dangerous. It is times like these that you need to go have a fucking milk shake… and look at some fucking monkeys. Head out to Florida City and keep driving until there’s n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2007
  • Calendar

    February 15, 2007

    Disguising the Tentacles

    Behold the mighty octopus

  • News

    February 15, 2007

    Bee Spell

    When these fellows perish, the crops may go too

  • News

    December 7, 2006

    Pretty as a Picture

    Artist Xavier Cortada is bringing back the mangroves

  • Calendar

    September 14, 2006
  • Film

    May 18, 2006

    Over the Hedge

    Now playing

  • News

    January 5, 2006

    Squirrels Gone Wild

    This expert on rodents is no nut

  • Calendar

    December 8, 2005

    Lizard Breadth

    Tip the scales at Repticon

  • News

    November 24, 2005

    Creature Discomforts

    A lusty lion is on the prowl for a female companion

  • Calendar

    September 29, 2005
  • News

    September 8, 2005

    Draft This Dolphin!

    It's new, it's cool, and Huizenga hates it

  • Film

    July 21, 2005

    Miracle on Ice

    The life of the emperor penguin isn't easy, but it might make yours seem better

  • Calendar

    July 7, 2005
  • News

    June 23, 2005

    Die, Weed, Die!

    An alien moth munches an invasive fern into extinction

  • Film

    May 26, 2005

    Animal Crackers

    In Madagascar, the wild things romp, then roam

  • News

    May 5, 2005

    Dead Meat

    This time it just might be Mark "the Shark" Quartiano who ends up being filleted

  • Culture

    August 12, 2004

    She Loves Bugs

    Montse Guillén's experiments with insects and art

  • Calendar

    July 8, 2004

    Soggy Sonorities

    Sky of blue, sea of green, super symphony

  • Shops and Wares

    May 13, 2004


    Sinbad's Bird House

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