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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Donor Spotlight: The Miami Foundation

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July 2015 – The new school year doesn’t begin until next month but we’re already thinking about all the kids who will explore Everglades National Park next year thanks to a new grant from The Miami Foundation. The foundation awarded $1.2 million in grants in June to 75 organizations including the SFNPT. The foundation’s grant

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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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Biscayne Adopts New Management Plan

Biscayne GMP photo

June 2015 – Fans of Biscayne National Park and the coral reefs that anchor so much of its marine life have reason to cheer. The park unveiled a new management plan this month that promises more protection for fragile reefs and the park’s declining fish populations. The park plans to establish a marine reserve zone

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Donor Spotlight: Stewart Materials

Stewart-Materials

May 2015 – The SFNPT is pleased to welcome Stewart Materials as one of our corporate partners this year supporting environmental education programs in South Florida’s national parks. More kids will have an opportunity to visit Everglades National Park – to see alligators and wood storks in the wild, to get outside, explore nature and

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