Urban Wildlife

Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens Florida Urban and Community Forestry Grant

November 23, 2010 The Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens, Inc. significantly enhanced it’s outreach to the community with the aid of the Florida Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program during 2010.  These funds were made available to organizations and municipalities to develop or enhance their urban and community forestry programs.

San Marco Feral Cats

A community member is kicking off a program for the San Marco neighborhood to trap and spay/neuter all of the feral cats. This is all done in conjunction with No More Homeless Pets. They humanly trap them take them to the clinic for the surgery and then release them back into the colony.

FWC Determines Fungus Caused St. Johns Fish Kill

Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute have determined the cause of a recent fish kill in the St. Johns River. Testing confirmed that a fungus led to the fish die-off that occurred in the river in mid-October.

The FWC received reports of dead fish and fish with ulcers beginning Oct. 20. Reports came from an area of the river just south of Interstate 95 near Jacksonville and as far south as Green Cove Springs. The FWC responded by analyzing dead fish and water samples from the area.

State Parks Waive Entrance Fees for Veterans Day

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service will offer free day-use entrance to Florida State Parks on Thursday, November 11, 2010.

In honor of the services and sacrifices of United States veterans, their families and communities, day-use entrance to all of Florida State Parks will be waived to park visitors on Veterans Day. This offer does not include Skyway Fishing Pier State Park.

For more information on Florida’s state parks or Veterans Day event details visit www.floridastateparks.org or www.twitter.com/FLStateParks.   

FWC Seeks Input on Possible Changes to Red Drum Rules

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is continuing a series of public workshops to review its analysis of the latest red drum (redfish) stock assessment and discuss possible red drum rule changes.

The FWC wants to hear what people think about its proposals to create regional management areas for red drum and raise the daily bag limit from one fish to two per person in northern Florida.  The Commission also wants to receive comment on possible red drum rule changes in southeastern Florida.

Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens 2nd Anniversary

In celebration of its 2nd Anniversary, the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens will proudly open to the public its newest trail, the Rosemary Ridge Trail, on Sunday, November 21st, 8:00AM – 5:00PM.

At 1 mile in length, the Rosemary Ridge Trail is the longest of the Arboretum’s six trails and runs through habitat unlike any other in the park.  Named for the native rosemary that grows there, the trail traverses a Xeric Hammock that offers expansive salt-marsh views and a Sandhill community of lofty pines and seasonal pond.  A side trail allows visitors to see the environmentally sensitive area where the native rosemary and deer moss grow.

5 Tips to Keep Your Pet Safe During Halloween

The Jacksonville Humane Society (JHS) is reminding pet owners to protect their animals this Halloween.

“While Halloween is really fun for people, it can be truly scary for cats and dogs,” said Leona Sheddan, executive director of the Jacksonville Humane Society.  “Many animals get sick or go missing during holidays, especially ones like Halloween when families are repeatedly opening the door to trick-or-treaters.”