Friday, March 3, 2023

burmese python

Burmese pythons lured using radio telemetry during mating season

New tracking devices will lead researchers to snakes, allowing them to record behavior and document reproductive data such as nesting sites, clutch size, hatchlings and how many survive.

It’s the latest effort my multiple wildlife agencies to combat the growing threat of the invasive species by tracking the long-term mating habits in an effort to eradicate the pythons.

Lee County School Board to vote on armed safety officers in schools

Newly elected school board members are pushing the idea of arming Lee County school employees with guns after the former board rejected a plan to do so back in 2019.

The new resolution being considered before the board on March 7, which would allow some employees to carry a gun, is raising more questions than answers since a majority of school board members and the sheriff, who is responsible for implementing it, are talking about the plan.

Is Hurricane Ian to blame for this season’s red tide boom?

It is hard to breathe on Collier County Beaches. We’ve seen red tide before but are witnessing one of its worst cases now.

Ground broken for Everglades Agricultural Area Reservoir

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the South Florida Water management District broke ground on the crown jewel of Everglades restoration, the reservoir component of the Everglades Agricultural Area Reservoir Project. The event marks a defining moment in Everglades restoration for a project that will provide a myriad of benefits for the environment and people in South Florida.

FGCU grad finds recipe for success in restaurant industry

When Michael Kemna was just out of high school in Cumberland, Maine, in 2010, he put together binders of research on colleges and universities to help inform his decision.

He brought the same level of focus and commitment to campus when he chose Florida Gulf Coast University, partly swayed by campus beach and water skiing photos. When he was later interested in joining a new campus fraternity, his natural leadership skills were so unmistakable that he was effectively hand-picked to be the chapter’s first president. And when Kemna was helping pay his way through school by working at Cantina 109, a Gulf Coast Town Center restaurant, he couldn’t stop himself from checking in for short stints — off the clock — to offer an extra set of hands.

Now he owns the place.

Today in History

  • 1999 - Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky appears on national television to explain her affair with President Bill Clinton.

  • 1969 - Sirhan Sirhan testifies in a court in Los Angeles that he killed Robert Kennedy.

  • 1952 - The U.S. Supreme Court upholds New York’s Feinberg Law banning Communist teachers in the United States.

  • 1931 - President Herbert Hoover signs a bill that makes Francis Scott Key’s “Star Spangled Banner,” the national anthem.

  • 1923 - The first issue of Time magazine is published. It’s editor, Henry R. Luce, is just out of Yale.

  • 1919 - Boeing flies the first U.S. international airmail from Vancouver, British Columbia to Seattle, Washington.

  • 1863 - President Abraham Lincoln signs the conscription act compelling U.S. citizens to report for duty in the Civil War or pay $300.00.

  • 1845 - Florida becomes the 27th U.S. state.