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Fort DeSoto mega-cruise ship port buzz decried by environmental group listen

07/14/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: environment, mega ship, cruise ship, Sunshine Skyway, Fort DeSoto, birds, Egmont Key, Port Tampa Bay


Some Tampa Bay officials want to figure out how to accommodate monstrous new mega-ships too big to call Port Tampa Bay home. But making that happen would be both costly and environmentally controversial. The latest idea being batted around is building a port near the coast of Fort DeSoto. But that idea is opposed by Barbara Howard, president of Friends of Tampa Bay National Wildlife Refuges.

Another $2 billion possibility is to replace the already massive Sunshine Skyway Bridge with an eve...

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Wood storks may not be so endangered anymore listen

12/18/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing that the wood stork be upgraded from its status as an endangered species to just threatened. Dan Ashe, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announced plans to reclassify the species during a conference call this morning.

“Wood storks in the Southeastern U.S. no longer face imminent danger of extinction and that’s thanks to decades of conservation work across the region.”

Wood storks have been protected under the Endanger...

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Scientists warn Florida grasshopper sparrows on the brink of extinction listen

07/26/12 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Scientists are warning that a type of sparrow native to Florida is on the brink of extinction. There is an emergency effort to save Florida grasshopper sparrows before it’s too late.

Florida grasshopper sparrows have been on the endangered species for 26 years. Dr. Reed Bowman, Director of the Avian Ecology Program at Archbold Biological Station says this subspecies has been endangered for such a long time because the vast majority of land on which it depends has disappeared.


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Why a bird advocacy group opposes a wind farm in the Everglades Agricultural Area

03/28/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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The Palm Beach County Commission recently approved the Sugarland Wind construction plan. But despite the benefits of a renewable energy project, it’s being opposed by some environmentalists. They say Florida doesn’t have enough wind and it’s in the Atlantic Flyway for migratory birds. In a letter, the Clearwater Audubon Society says “Siting a wind farm in the [Everglades Agricultural Area] is flat out irresponsible.”

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Audubon receives grant to protect beach nesting birds listen

11/10/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The St. Petersburg Audubon Society has received a $9,000 TogetherGreen national innovation grant to assist volunteers in protecting beach-nesting birds along the Gulf Coast this summer.

This morning, WMNF spoke with Dave Kandz, the conservation chair of the St. Petersburg Audubon Society.

The grant will enable volunteers to protect beach-nesting bird colonies along Gulf Coast beaches beginning in April.

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