U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2014

    Two Flower Species At Controversial Walmart Site Are Now Endangered

    In July the news broke that the University of Miami had sold an 88-acre plot of land, near Zoo Miami, to a West Palm Beach developer who planned to build a Walmart. Environmentalists were devastated: The land is comprised of rare pine rockland forest, a savanna-like habitat found only in South Flori ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2014

    Butterflies Living on Land Sold to Walmart Developer Are Now Officially Endangered

    When news broke last month that the University of Miami had sold an 88-acre plot of endangered pine rockland forest to a Palm Beach developer that planned to build a Walmart, environmentalists and activists were outraged. The rare forest is the only habitat of several species, most famously the Bart ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2014

    Florida Panther's Return Spells Doom for Gladesmen

    Jack Laban swears a cat was out here raising hell just this morning. Mosquitoes slurp blood through the 94-year-old shirtless Gladesman's baggy skin as he hobbles across a landfill of empty Pepsi cans and settles into a folding chair. The former Miami plumber with a full head of white hair uses a ro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2014

    Thousands Sign Petitions Against Walmart Development on Endangered Pine Rockland

    Leslye Jacobs is a longtime environmental advocate and a once-proud University of Miami Hurricane. But two weeks ago, when she learned that the university had sold a swath of endangered pine rockland forest to a Palm Beach Gardens-based developer who planned to build a Walmart, Jacobs, the director ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    Venezuelan Caught Smuggling Exotic Fish and Coral in Suitcase at Miami International Airport

    Venezuelans are used to going to great lengths to obtain everyday items. Under the country's late president Hugo Chávez and his socialist party, basic foodstuffs have become scarce. Some Venezuelans wait hours for groceries, while others resort to smuggling items like chicken, flour, and toilet pap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    Manatees May Be Taken Off Endangered Species List

    Ask any Floridians a Family Feud-style query of "Name things we should protect," and they'll instinctually shout back at you "Manatees." Along with Florida panthers, those plump little sea cows are practically synonymous with endangered species in the state. We're brought up from a young age with a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2013

    Two Plants That Grow Only in Miami-Dade Might Be Protected Under Endangered Species Act

    The Florida brickell bush and the Carter's small-flowered flax are two flowering plants that grow nowhere else in the world except for Miami-Dade County. Yesterday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the plants deserve special protection under the Endangered Species Act and that the 2 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2013

    Taco Fusion in Tampa: Still Serving Lion Meat Despite Denials

    People became angry in Tampa recently when it was announced that the city's Taco Fusion was serving lion meat. They also serve gazelle, kangaroo, ostrich, beaver, otter, and other animals, but it was the king of the jungle that awakened the public's ire. In the face of much criticism, the following ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2013

    Florida Man Faces Up to Five Years In Prison For Black Mamba Snake Bite Hoax

    On November 21, 2011, John Kenneth Rosenbaum burst into a South Georgia hospital begging for treatment. He had puncture wounds on his arm and the words "BLACK MAMBA" scrawled in marker on his skin.But the bullsh*t bite is now coming back to haunt Rosenbaum. The 24-year-old Jacksonville resident face ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2012

    Florida's Biggest, Ugliest Bat Could Be Headed for Endangered Species List

    Even ugly animals need protective love too. The Florida bonneted bat was once a common site in South Florida, but the Center for Biological Diversity believes there may be less than 300 left in the wild now. The odd looking winged mammal has only been spotted recently in 12 different sites in C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2012

    Aristides Rodriguez, Serial Manatee Speed Zone Offender, Sentenced to Sea Cow Protection

    Somewhere in Biscayne Bay there is a pod of manatees laughing their fat, mossy asses off.Aristides Lorenzo Rodriguez, 43, was sentenced to a year of probation yesterday for repeatedly violating speed limits in a manatee zone. Clearly, a federal judge Jonathan Goodman is trying to scare Rodriguez int ... More >>

  • News

    May 3, 2012
  • Blogs

    April 27, 2012

    Sustain, Gotham Steak, City Hall and More: Misleading Salmon Descriptions

    via Flickr CCSustain Restaurant Bar has developed a brand synonymous with greener eating. Deconstructed branches line its walls and lamps in natural shapes light up its vast open space, all contributing to a signature earthy feel. The menu lists ingredients with sources and location, and the resta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2011

    Two Plead Guilty To Selling Jaguar Skins in South Florida

    ​Elias Garcia Garcia and Maria Angela Plancarte, both 53-year-old residents of La Feria, Texas, have plead guilty to selling jaguar skins throughout South Florida. Jaguars are of course protected by the Endangered Species Act, and the sale of their pelts is explicitly outlawed.

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    Fairy Shrimp and Rainbow Snakes are Probably Extinct in Florida

    ​Two indigenous Florida species may have gone extinct sometime in the past few decades according to the  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. No one has seen any fairy shrimps or rainbow snakes in years. We don't want to make any assumptions based on their names, but, you know, Florida u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    Monkey Cannibals: Robert Conyers Charged With Animal Cruelty UPDATE

    L.A. City Attorney's OfficeIsn't this how 28 Days Later begins?​Miami freight shipper Robert Matson Conyers was charged with animal cruelty yesterday after a tri-continental shipment of monkeys turned into a cannibalistic simian catastrophe.Guyanese animal supplier Akhtar Hussain hired Conyers to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    Clemente DiMuro, "Feather Man," Killed Anhingas for Their Plumes, Ke$ha Unharmed

    Wikimedia CommonsNo Ke$has were harmed by Clemente DiMuro.​Ah, Miami. So close to the Everglades. So far from sanity.It's a dangerous combination. For instance, when poachers such as Clemente DiMuro shoot protected anhinga "snakebirds," chop off their pretty feathers, and sell them on the Internet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    Florida Tea Party Group Thinks Saving Manatees Is Part of Mass Godless Conspiracy

    ​Members of Florida Tea Party groups are so upset with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's efforts to save manatees that they are claiming that new rules to possibly be imposed in famous Kings Bay would not only go against the Bible, but also are part of a vast United Nations conspiracy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    Miami Blue Butterfly On Verge of Extinction But Feds Haven't Done Anything About It

    ​The Miami blue butterfly is one of the very few species that is only found in Southern Florida, but finding them have become increasingly rare. Once thought to have been completely killed off by Hurricane Andrew, a small population of about 50 was found in 1999. Efforts have been made to grow the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    Congrats, South Florida! You've Driven Two New Species Toward The Endangered List

    Here in South Florida, we've done a number to Mother Nature that few other regions in this fine country can match. via NASAThe area outlined in yellow is considered, in scientific lingo, "totally F'd up."​In just over a century, we've dammed the Everglades, plopped whole cities down in the mi ... More >>

  • News

    December 20, 2007

    The Vanishing Mouse

    Wake up, cat lovers!

  • Calendar

    May 19, 2005
  • News

    November 11, 2004

    Letters from the Issue of November 11-17, 2004

    Public-radio lovefest, parks and mounted police, humans as panther bait

  • News

    October 7, 2004

    Wild and Crazy

    Guess what happens when an eccentric ecologist and a couple of feisty backwoods boys claim that a rare Florida panther is on the attack

  • News

    June 10, 2004

    Aqua Nova

    Will a starry-eyed proposal for renovating Monument Island burn out before its time?

  • Dining

    January 15, 2004

    Roe Rage

    Fish eggs, fish eggs roly-poly fish eggs; fish eggs, fish eggs, eat them up, yum

  • News

    June 5, 2003

    Beneath the Pink Underwear

    Water pollution is more serious than the WASD plan would have you believe

  • News

    October 10, 2002

    The Big Cypress Deal

    The cover story is conservation, but the Bush boys have their hands in the taxpayers' pockets again

  • News

    August 29, 2002

    Something From The X-Files

    They're calling the Asian snakehead "the Frankenfish"

  • News

    July 18, 2002

    God's Eye on the Sparrow

    Should 2700 little birds be allowed to hold up the reclaiming of the Everglades?

  • News

    June 14, 2001

    Slaughter Alley

    Big dead cats in the middle of the road -- lots of them

  • News

    October 7, 1999

    Forcing Out HABDI

    One of South Florida's oldest families is nearing a come-from-behind victory in the battle for the Homestead Air Base

  • News

    March 25, 1999

    Conched Out

    The queen conch, long a culinary favorite and a symbol of life in the Keys, is disappearing from local waters

  • Calendar

    April 23, 1998
  • News

    April 23, 1998

    Really for the Birds

    A weird government plan to help save an endangered species winds up threatening to defile the Everglades

  • News

    April 9, 1998

    Pond Scum

    When Coral Gables officials see a tiny lake in the middle of their fair city, they think ... shopping mall!

  • News

    April 10, 1997

    It Isn't Easy Being Green

    Homestead Air Force Base is a crucial natural habitat for a rare plant. But don't worry, they'll develop around it.

  • News

    August 29, 1996

    Where's the Beach?

    The true story behind the beach erosion explosion is politics as usual

  • News

    August 1, 1996

    Playing With Fire

    That roaring inferno you see was started intentionally, and if it can be kept under control, it'll do more good than harm

  • News

    May 9, 1996

    For the Birds

    Put down the field glasses and close up the guidebooks. When Florida's top avian enthusiasts do battle, the feathers fly.

  • News

    February 29, 1996

    Left Out

    When Everglades National Park chief Dick Ring held a feel-good camp-out in the Dry Tortugas, he really toasted some people's marshmallows

  • News

    March 16, 1995

    Bad to the Bone

    It's sad when a manatee dies because of a careless boater. What took place on Watson Island went beyond sad.

  • News

    June 15, 1994

    The Mysterious Mexican Gorilla Caper

    A notorious animal smuggler. Some eager buyers. A bizarre sting operation. A dark and stormy night. No wonder the jurors could hardly believe what they were hearing.

  • News

    March 16, 1994

    Mad Dog Bites No More

    In the latest twist to the Bangkok Six orangutan-smuggling case, Matthew Block's flamboyant defense lawyer takes his own life

  • News

    February 2, 1994

    God's Country

    Live alligators. Dead snakes. Howling owls. About the only thing the Everglades doesn't have is a bright future.

  • News

    June 16, 1993

    Birds Do It, Bees Do it

    But is that any excuse for Matthew Block's lawyer to send Shirley McGreal a card that shows zebras doing it?

  • News

    April 7, 1993

    Gorilla Warfare

    Vilified by animal protectionists, indicted for smuggling, praised by the feds. Matthew Block surprised everyone. Maybe even himself.

  • News

    October 14, 1992

    Dead On Arrival, 119 Times Over

    Indonesian crab-eating macaques are favored by medical researchers. But if Miami primate dealer Matthew Block's late-August shipment was bound for the lab, it never got that far.

  • News

    June 10, 1992

    Stinky, Crunchy, Paint-Eating Hermaphrodites

    The USDA stopped the importation of giant African snails to Florida, but there were a couple left behind...

  • News

    November 20, 1991
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