Tag: St Marks National Wildlife Refuge
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June 11, 2020 | 2 minute read
The state of Florida will soon acquire more than 17,000 acres in the Panhandle, adding a key conservation piece to the burgeoning wilderness corridor that includes the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge. The St. Teresa Bluffs tract runs nearly 17 miles along the Ochlockonee River and Apalachee Bay and abuts the refuge on its western edge near Panacea. Rare plants and mussels, including the sculptured pigtoe, as well as gopher tortoises, pine snakes, alligators, black bears and bald eagles abound. Learn more...
January 13, 2020 | 9 minute read
Tallahassee, Florida — Will McDearman stood on a chair, raised his voice and beseeched the hundred or so wildlife officials gathered in a nondescript auditorium to offer up every woodpecker they could find. “Are all the birds on the table?” he asked. Murmurs of assent followed. McDearman, like an auctioneer, then ended the bidding that joined woodpecker donor with woodpecker donee. “Going once,” he said. “Going twice,” he said. Learn more...
November 7, 2019 | 8 minute read
St. Marks, Florida — The slash pine forest is thick and overgrown, impenetrable due to walls of saw palmetto, gallberry and fetterbush. A hunter this season would more likely get lost in there than bag a whitetail. Next season, though, will be different. Dan Frisk, project leader for the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, stands by a deer stand used for the youth hunt each December on the refuge. Learn more...
September 9, 2019 | 2 minute read
Instead of firearms and handcuffs, volunteers from the Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy’s Basic Recruit Class 485⁄487- Night Law were wielding shovels and unloading rescued plants during a spring weekend at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Wading in mud and water and keeping an eye out for cottonmouths and pygmy rattlesnakes in the wetlands between the refuge’s Visitor Center and Education Building, academy students planted swamp milkweed, few-flower milkweed, and milkweed vine to provide host and food plants for monarch butterflies. Learn more...
August 27, 2019 | 7 minute read
Fort Stewart, Georgia — As military partnerships go, this has to be one of the oddest, and strongest. The fighting men and women of the 3rd Infantry Division train alongside… red-cockaded woodpeckers. Ft. Stewart just west of Savannah and north of Hinesville, GA. Map by Roy Hewitt, USFWS. Soldiers maneuver the eastern edge of the army base under a canopy of longleaf pine where the iconic woodpeckers make their home. Learn more...
August 20, 2019 | 2 minute read
Shell Point, Florida — St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge celebrated the acquisition of Smith Island by the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge at the refuge’s pavilion overlooking beautiful Apalachee Bay. It was an auspicious day, with pelicans sailing in front of participants as if to add their approval of the event. This small island, 20 acres or so, is about 90 percent saltmarsh, with the remainder containing a handful of small trees and bushes. Learn more...
June 27, 2019 | 6 minute read
St. Marks, Florida — The lighthouse was abandoned, battered by hurricanes and infested with rats. Termites feasted on plywood floors. Rainwater seeped into the cupola and ran down interior walls. Wooden steps, inside and out, rotted away. The lighthouse at St. Marks NWR. Photo by Dan Chapman, USFWS. The U.S. Coast Guard relinquished control of the lighthouse and keeper’s quarters to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2013. Learn more...
May 2, 2019 | 4 minute read
St. Marks, Florida — Hurricane Michael careened through the Gulf of Mexico last fall sucking up all manner of flotsam and jetsam before scattering the unwelcome mess across the Panhandle. Yet there was one airborne interloper that was embraced heartily by the storm-tossed masses below. Pinky The Flamingo. Learn more...
November 30, 2018 | 2 minute read
In 1940, only about 20 whooping cranes were known to exist. Today, thanks to the diligence of many partners working together in the United States and Canada, there are more than 850 cranes in North America and the population continues to increase slowly and steadily. The iconic bird is one of the success stories of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). But it remains one of the rarest animals in the world. Learn more...
April 28, 2020 | 1 minute read
St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge announced that the historic St. Marks Lighthouse beacon will once again shine over Apalachee Bay on May 2, 2020. Approved by the Coast Guard as a Private Aid to Navigation, the beacon features a replica 4th order Fresnel lens that recreates the light that shone continuously from 1867 to 2000. The modern version of the light is an LED lamp equivalent to a 150 watt incandescent bulb, with a photocell detector to automatically operate illuminating the light in the evening and extinguishing it in the morning. Read the full story...