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  1. A 50-year effort to raise endangered whooping cranes comes to an end


    Each spring for 12 years, Paula Wang began a temporary position at a government lab in a suburb north of Washington. She was required to remain silent while working and to wear a white suit and hood. The mission was not top-secret, but Wang felt it was urgent all the same: To save an endangered species.

    Volunteer Paula Wang feeds a whooping crane chick at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. A stuffed "adult" rests in the background. [Courtesy of Paula Wang]
  2. Irma's winds blew thousands of baby squirrels from trees, now these Tampa Bay groups are trying to save them


    Nancy Murrah walked into her yard in Brandon the morning after Hurricane Irma passed over Tampa Bay and saw fallen tree limbs tangled and piled on top of each other. As a wild animal rescuer, she had one thought:

    Rescue groups across Tampa Bay are caring for more than 300 baby squirrels after Hurricane Irma's winds threw them from their nests. (Suncoast Animal League)
  3. As Irma nears Florida, concern for animals a major issue


    MIAMI — The evacuation took 12 seconds.

    Flamingos at Zoo Miami are shown in a temporary enclosure in a hurricane resistant structure within the zoo Saturday. Most animals will remain in their secure structures, and their instincts will help them ride out the storm.
  4. South Pinellas beaches seeing boom in sea turtle nesting



    The sun had just risen when Simona Ceriani stuck her arm into the turtle nest and pulled out a handful of egg shells in her gloved palm. She continued to dig, extracting dozens of hatched eggs from the ground.

    FWC’s Simona Ceriani, a sea turtle nesting coordinator,  counts the hatched and unhatched shells along with any hatchlings that didn’t survive, from a hatched loggerhead sea turtle nest on St. Pete Beach.
  5. Mote's Hatchling Hospital gives baby turtles a second chance


    SARASOTA — It takes a second for the hatchling sea turtle to register the scent of the ocean and the feel of the sand on one of the stretches of Longboat Key's beach.

    In this Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017 photo, a hatchling loggerhead turtle makes its way down the beach to the surf in Longboat Key, Fla. Mote Marine Laboratory staff released hatchling loggerhead turtles into the Gulf of Mexico on Longboat Key, Fla. (Dan Wagner/Sarasota Herald-Tribune via AP) FLSAR303
  6. Officials: Snooty the manatee's death was a 'preventable accident'


    The death of Snooty, the beloved 69-year-old manatee who called Bradenton's South Florida Museum home, was deemed a "preventable accident," museum officials said Thursday.

    Snooty , the world's most celebrated manatee, begs for another slice of apple in his pool in the Parker Manatee Aquarium at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton in 2008. Snooty was 60 then. [Times 2008]
  7. Reef off Hernando Beach gets a long-awaited expansion



    For a handful of people and a whole lot of fish, last Friday was a good day. After five years of planning, plus a day of heavy lifting, a 22-year-old artificial reef off the coast of Hernando County has grown three times larger.

    Reinforced concrete structures are shoved into the Gulf of Mexico, about 20 miles from Hernando Beach, to expand the 22-year-old Bendickson Reef on Friday. The concrete is expected to attract sponges, algae and coral, which will attract fish. Watch the process at
  8. Hillsborough deputies handling 'trespassing' gator in Lithia pool


    Some Lithia residents had a very Florida surprise in their pool Wednesday morning: a 7 to 8-foot-long alligator.

    Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office deputies took a call in Lithia Wednesday morning about a 7 to 8-foot-long gator making itself at home in a Lithia resident's pool. (Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office)
  9. Photos show the longest gator ever captured by a hunter in Mississippi


    If there was any doubt whether states other than Florida have to contend with giant gators, that was answered emphatically on Monday.

    Photos posted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks show the longest gator ever captured in the state. The monster gator, captured Monday by the hunting party of Bryan Burnside near Natchez, measured 14 feet, 3/4-inch. [Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks]
  10. 329,000 gallons of sewage spills in Tampa during storm; St. Petersburg has smaller spill


    Heavy rain swamped Tampa's sewage collection network Monday evening, spilling about 329,000 gallons of untreated wastewater into the Hillsborough River.

    Tampa officials say about 290,000 gallons of untreated wastewater spilled out of an emergency overflow pipe at 2900 N Perry Avenue and into the Hillsborough River as a result of Monday night's heavy rain.