Category Archives: Conservation

Do not disturb Florida’s nesting sea turtles 

 

When our turtles were hunted and nearly made extinct so many, yet not so many years ago!
When our turtles were hunted and nearly made extinct so many, yet not so many years ago!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APtravelnews-March 3rd,A news release from MyFWC.com/Research: It can be thrilling to watch a sea turtle crawl onto the beach at night and dig a large hole in the sand to lay dozens of eggs. Just remember that “Do not disturb” is the best behavior to follow when observing a nesting sea turtle. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) asks people not to get too close, shine lights on, or take flash photos of nesting sea turtles.Spring is the beginning of sea turtle nesting season in Florida. From now through the end of October, thousands of sea turtles will land on Atlantic and Gulf coast beaches to lay their eggs. With Florida hosting one of the largest loggerhead nesting aggregations in the world, this becomes an opportunity for residents and visitors to play an important role in conserving these long-lived reptiles. People can help by taking turtle-friendly precautions on the beach. “Take care when you’re on a Florida beach at night and do not disturb the nesting sea turtles,” said Dr. Robbin Trindell, who leads the FWC’s sea turtle management program. “People can help save threatened and endangered sea turtles by giving them enough space and privacy to safely and successfully lay their eggs. It’s as simple as keeping your distance and avoiding shining lights or taking flash photos of the nesting sea turtles.” Loggerheads, leatherbacks and green turtles are the primary species of sea turtles that nest in the Sunshine State. Loggerheads had another good nesting year in 2014 with 86,870 nests recorded statewide.

“Conservation actions of Floridians and visitors to the state may have contributed to the general upward trend in sea turtle nest numbers in recent years. That’s wonderful news for the sea turtles,” said Trindell. “However, these species still face significant threats during their long-distance oceanic migrations. Whatever we can do to help our sea turtles will make a difference.”

Ways to protect nesting sea turtles and their hatchlings:

  • Remain at a distance from nesting sea turtles and hatchlings.
  • Remove chairs, canopies, boats and other items from the beach at night, because they block the movement of turtles and hatchings.
  • Turn off or shield lights along the beach, in order to prevent hatchlings from getting confused and going toward lights on land instead of the salt water, where they belong.
  • Use red LED flashlights on the beach at night, adjust cell phone screens to dark mode and don’t take flash photos.
  • Fill in holes that people dug in the sand during the day, so nesting sea turtles and hatchlings don’t fall in and get stuck there at night.
  • Correctly dispose of fishing line, so it won’t entangle sea turtles and other animals.
  • Remember it is illegal to harm, harass or take sea turtles, their eggs and hatchlings, including getting too close to a nesting female.
  • Report sick, injured, entangled or dead sea turtles to the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline, 1-888-404-3922 (FWCC).

Support Florida’s sea turtles by purchasing the “Helping Sea Turtles Survive” license tag at BuyaPlate.com. Tag funds go toward sea turtle research, rescue and conservation efforts. People also can donate $5 and receive an FWC sea turtle decal. For decals or to learn more about sea turtles, go to MyFWC.com/SeaTurtle.

To see 2014 statewide nesting totals, go to  then click on “Wildlife” and “Sea Turtles” and then “Nesting.”

W.Virginia Playing It Smart-Bringing Back Elk to Their State

Bull Elk just after bugling setting up for mounting one of his cows!
Bull Elk just after bugling setting up for mounting one of his cows!

APtravelnews–March 3rd,–News Release from AOL—Charleston, W.V.–CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) —The Division of Natural Resources has received a $50,000 grant to support its effort to restore elk in West Virginia.

The Charleston Daily Mail reports that the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation presented the grant to the DNR on Sunday at the Natural Resources Commission’s quarterly meeting.

The DNR hopes to bring elk from neighboring Kentucky to restore the state’s herd. West Virginia’s last native elk was killed around 1875.

A draft management plan says elk would be released in McDowell, Wyoming, Logan, Mingo, Boone, Lincoln and Wayne counties.

Wildlife Resources Section chief Curtis Taylor says more than 90 percent of the public comments submitted to the agency support restoring elk in the state.

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Information from: Charleston Daily Mail, http://www.charlestondailymail.com

– See more at: http://www.grandviewoutdoors.com/articles/5528-foundation-gives-west-virgina-50k-grant-for-elk-restoration#sthash.Sw4b4M2i.dpuf

Keeping the Fishing and Hunting Heritage Alive, Bass Pro Shops and NWTF

Oceola Turkeys Sppoked in Florida, take flight and I was holding my camera as they came across the river at 35-miles per hour!
Oceola Turkeys Sppoked in Florida, take flight and I was holding my camera as they came across the river at 35-miles per hour!

APtravelnews-February 28th, Port St Lucie, FL- Whats this About Bass Pro Shops®?
Bass Pro Shops®, which specializes in outdoor fun, operates 90 stores and Tracker Marine Centers across America and Canada that are visited by more than 120 million people every year. Bass Pro Shops stores, many of which feature restaurants, offer hunting, fishing,camping and other outdoor gear while their catalogs and website serve shoppers throughout the world. The company’s Tracker Marine Group® (http://www.trackermarine.com), a leading brand of fishing boats for more than 36 years, manufactures and sells a variety of boats for fishing and cruising. Family fun is on tap at Bass Pro Shops resort Big Cedar Lodge® (http://www.bigcedar.com), voted number six by Travel + Leisure Magazine as World’s Best Hotels for Families. For more information, visit http://www.basspro.com. ; To request a free catalog, call 1-800-BASS PRO.  Follow us on Facebook athttp://www.facebook.com/bassproshops.

About the National Wild Turkey Federation
The NWTF, established in 1973, is a nonprofit conservation organization that works daily to further its mission of conserving the wild turkey and preserving our hunting heritage. Through dynamic partnerships with state and federal wildlife agencies, the NWTF and its members have helped restore wild turkey populations across the country, improving more than 17 million acres of wildlife habitat and introducing 100,000 people to the outdoors each year. To learn more, visit www.nwtf.org or call (800) THE-NWTF.

 

Images of the Week!

APtravelnews-February 27th, Port St Lucie, FL–Please enjoy a few of our thousands of our traveler images. As we are always on the Road Again, we do get lucky and experience some fun opportunities!!

Face to face with a great fish!
Face to face with a great fish!
Always traveling. This time, Orange Beach, AL
Always traveling. This time, Orange Beach, AL
The real little rascals know how to take apart a boat. Otters all!!
The real little rascals know how to take apart a boat. Otters all!!
Oceola Turkeys flushed by our boat! Never see another image like that again! They were moving 30-miles an hour.
Oceola Turkeys flushed by our boat! Never see another image like that again! They were moving 30-miles an hour.

My W. Virginia Brown trout 24-inches of pure action in a branch- filled river!My W. Virginia Brown trout 24-inches of pure action in a branch- filled river!

Port of the Islands redfish!
Port of the Islands redfish!