Homestead’s National Parks Trolley Wins National Award

National Parks Trolley 07.2015

October 2015 – The National Parks Trolley that provides free transportation in season from downtown Homestead to Everglades and Biscayne National Parks is not just a good idea, it’s a great example of how partnerships help connect people to parks. Congratulations to the City of Homestead, Homestead Main Street and National Parks Conservation Association for

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Summer Programs in Big Cypress

Big Cypress Lighthouse for the Blind July 2015

August 2015 – School may be out but the learning never stops in Big Cypress. Summer camps have kept the boardwalks busy this season, as one group after another visits Big Cypress National Preserve. Forty-two campers & counselors from Lighthouse of Collier’s Summer Camp for Blind and Visually Impaired Children found nature this summer by

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Dry Tortugas Marine Reserve Benefits Sea Turtles

July 2015 – Endangered sea turtles are benefiting from marine reserve zones in Dry Tortugas National Park and elsewhere, according to a new study by researchers at USGS. Researchers outfitted green sea turtles with satellite tags and then tracked them as they foraged for food. “Given that worldwide declines in sea grasses – one of

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Summer Help: Park Interns track Turtles

FY15 BioCorps Interns (7)

July 2015 – Four students are on the job this summer in Everglades National Park, trapping tegu lizards, spotting pythons, counting fish and tracking turtles. The students are participating in BioCorps, an internship program that helps the park monitor native wildlife and control invasive species while providing students with some great field experience. The SFNPT

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Biscayne’s Beaches Cleared for Nesting

FY13 BISC ASB Report

June 2015 – National Park Service volunteers supported by the SFNPT removed more than 14,000 pounds (seven tons!) of marine debris earlier this year from nesting beaches in Biscayne National Park, clearing the way for turtles to come ashore this summer. The heavy lifting was accomplished by 200 volunteers from 16 colleges and organizations who

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Sea Turtles Return to Dry Tortugas

June 2015 – The nesting season for loggerhead, green & leatherback turtles has begun in Dry Tortugas and turtles are on the move! An adult loggerhead named Sally (for Interior Secretary Sally Jewell) left the Bahamas earlier this spring bound for the Dry Tortugas (follow her journey here). No word yet on whether she’s nested

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