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The Everglades: an environmental history by
Call Number: GE155.E84 M34 1999 Florida
Publication Date: 2000-10-31
This important work for general readers and environmentalists alike offers the first major discussion of the formation, development, and history of the Everglades, considered by many to be the most endangered ecosystem in North America. Comprehensive in scope, it begins with South Florida's geologic origins--before the Everglades became wetlands--and continues through the 20th century, when sugar reigned as king of the Everglades Agricultural Area. Urging restoration of the Everglades, McCally argues that agriculture, especially sugar growing, must be abandoned or altered.
An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American environmental century by
Call Number: QH31.D645 D38 2009 Florida
Publication Date: 2013-05-01
In the first comprehensive biography of Douglas, Jack E. Davis explores the 108-year life of this compelling woman. Douglas was more than an environmental activist. She was a suffragist, a lifetime feminist and supporter of the ERA, a champion of social justice, and an author of diverse literary talent. She came of age literally and professionally during the American environmental century, the century in which Americans mobilized an unprecedented popular movement to counter the equally unprecedented liberties they had taken in exploiting, polluting, and destroying the natural world. The Everglades were a living barometer of America's often tentative shift toward greater environmental responsibility. Reconstructing this larger picture, Davis recounts the shifts in Douglas's own life and her instrumental role in four important developments that contributed to Everglades protection: the making of a positive wetland image, the creation of a national park, the expanding influence of ecological science, and the rise of the modern environmental movement. In the grand but beleaguered Everglades, which Douglas came to understand is a vast natural system that supports human life, she saw nature's providence.
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The Everglades: river of grass by
Call Number: F317.E9D6 2017 Florida
Publication Date: 2016-12-01
Before 1947, when Marjory Stoneman Douglas named The Everglades a "river of grass," most people considered the area worthless. She brought the world's attention to the need to preserve The Everglades. In the new and updated Afterword, Michael Grunwald again tells us what has happened to them since then. Grunwald points out that in 1947 the government was in the midst of establishing the Everglades National Park and turning loose the Army Corps of Engineers to control floods--both of which seemed like saviors for the Glades. But neither turned out to be the answer. Working from the research he did for his book, The Swamp, Grunwald offers an account of what went wrong and the many attempts to fix it, beginning with Save Our Everglades, which Douglas declared was "not nearly enough." Grunwald then lays out the intricacies (and inanities) of the more recent and ongoing CERP, the hugely expensive Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan.
Paving Paradise by
Call Number: QH105.F6P58 2009 Florida
Publication Date: 2009-03-01
In their solidly-researched May 2005 "Vanishing Wetlands" newspaper series in the St. Petersburg Times, reporters Pittman and Waite probed the quagmire of wetlands regulation in Florida. Based on three years of investigation, they exposed George W. Bush's "no net loss" (of functions and values) wetlands policy that favored developers while offering an illusion of environmental protection.
The Legacy of a Red Hills Hunting Plantation by
Publication Date: 2012-10-21
The Red Hills region is an idyllic setting filled with longleaf pines that stretches from Tallahassee, Florida, to Thomasville, Georgia. At its heart lies Tall Timbers, a former hunting plantation. In 1919, sportsman Henry L. Beadel purchased the Red Hills plantation to be used for quail hunting. As was the tradition, he conducted prescribed burnings after every hunting season in order to clear out the thick brush to make it more appealing to the nesting birds. After the U.S. Forest Service outlawed the practice in the 1920s, condemning it as harmful for the forest and its wildlife, the quail population diminished dramatically. Astonished by this loss and encouraged by his naturalist friend Herbert L. Stoddard, Beadel set his sights on conserving the land in order to study the effects of prescribed burnings on wildlife. Upon his death in 1958, Beadel donated the entire Tall Timbers estate to be used as an ecological research station. The Legacy of a Red Hills Hunting Plantation traces Beadel's evolution from sportsman and naturalist to conservationist.
Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition by
Call Number: QH72.W37 2013 Florida
Publication Date: 2013-03-01
The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition shows the world that beyond beaches and theme parks, the heart of Florida is still wild--and can still be saved. In 2012, four explorers enter the Everglades and, 100 days later, reach the Okefenokee Swamp in southern Georgia. They paddle, peddle and hike more than 1,000 miles up the spine of Florida to call attention to this remaining natural corridor so essential to the survival of wildlife and to the well-being of Florida's ever-growing population. Stunning photographs by Carlton Ward Jr and essays by fellow explorers bring the story to life in vivid detail. Travel with them to discover the rivers, swamps, prairies, springs and forests, along with private cattle ranches and timberlands, which unite to form the corridor. Learn about wide-ranging wildlife like the Florida black bear and Florida panther and meet the gladesmen, cowboys and other heroes who work to protect the corridor for us all. The Florida Wildlife Corridor project is a collaborative vision to connect remaining natural lands, waters, working farms and ranches from the Everglades to Georgia, protecting a functional ecological corridor for the health of people and wildlife. The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition, led by photographer Carlton Ward Jr, biologist Joe Guthrie, conservationist Mallory Lykes Dimmitt and filmmaker Elam Stoltzfus, was a 100 day, 1000 mile trek in early 2012 that explored the last remaining natural path through the length of the Florida peninsula.
Highlands Hammock. by
Call Number: REF Oversize F317.H54 A47 2008 Florida
Publication Date: 2008
Offers a detailed account of the history of Highlands Hammock including tales of the local wildlife, events, and people associated with the park.
The Biology of Mangroves and Seagrasses by
Call Number: QK938.M27 H64 2007
Publication Date: 2007-05-31
Mangroves and seagrasses form extensive and highly productive ecosystems that are biologically diverse and economically valuable. This new edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to provide a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of the biology and ecology of mangroves and seagrasses, using a global range of examples. It deals with the adaptations of these plants to their exacting environment, the rich and diverse communities of organisms that depend on mangrove forests and seagrass meadows (including tree-climbing shrimps, synchronously flashing fireflies and'gardening' seacows), the links between mangrove, seagrass, and other habitats, the evolution, biodiversity and biogeography of mangroves and seagrasses, and the likely effects of global climate change.
The Springs of Florida by
Call Number: GB1198.3.F6S73 2016 Florida
Publication Date: 2016-11-01
The deepest and largest known springs in the world are found in Florida. This book is a guided tour of these beautiful environments, offering many rare underwater photographs. Beginning with a history of the formation of Florida's springs eons ago and ending with a strong caution on cave diving safety, the reader journeys through these crystal realms, the emphasis always on the natural inhabitants. With many striking photos of these creatures in their natural habitat, this book also serves as a field guide for identification. The photographs represent hundreds of hours of underwater exploration. An appendix offers detailed information on all inhabitants presented. There is a chapter on the saltwater visitors to springs near the sea and a chapter on Florida's most famous--and most endangered--marine mammal, the manatee. Residents and visitors alike will appreciate the detailed descriptions and maps of Florida's major spring parks and the opportunities for learning about and enjoying their natural wonders through swimming, diving, canoeing, tubing, and other activities. Included are well-known parts such as Silver Springs, Weeki Wachee, Wakulla Springs, Ichetucknee Springs, as well as many lesser-known but equally beautiful spring parks.
Florida Sinkholes: science and policy by
Call Number: GB615.F53B75 2013 Florida
Publication Date: 2013-10-29
Explains the formation of Florida's sinkholes and discusses Florida's sinkhole policies, mapping, and detection.
Category 5: the 1935 Labor Day hurricane by
Call Number: QC945.K62 2009 Florida
Publication Date: 2009-06-01
In the midst of the Great Depression, a furious storm struck the Florida Keys with devastating force. With winds estimated at over 225 miles per hour, it was the first recorded Category 5 hurricane to make landfall in the United States. Striking at a time before storms were named, the catastrophic tropical cyclone became known as the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane, and its aftermath was felt all the way to Washington, D.C. In the hardest hit area of the Florida Keys, three out of every five residents were killed, while hundreds of World War I veterans sent there by the federal government perished. By sifting through overlooked official records and interviewing survivors and the relatives of victims, Thomas Knowles pieces together this dramatic story, moment by horrifying moment. He explains what daily life was like on the Keys, why the veteran work force was there (and relatively unprotected), the state of weather forecasting at the time, the activities of the media covering the disaster, and the actions of government agencies in the face of severe criticism over their response to the disaster. The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 remains one of the most intense to strike America's shores. Category 5 is a sobering reminder that even with modern meteorological tools and emergency management systems, a similar storm could cause even more death and destruction today.
Rare and Endangered Biota of Florida by
Call Number: QL84.22.F6 R37 1992 Florida (vols. 1-5)
Publication Date: 1992-05-20
Each volume is arranged in order of species status: extinct, extirpated, endangered, threatened, rare, and special concern. The account of each species contains data categories of taxonomy, description, population size and trend, distribution range and history of distribution, geographic status, habitat requirements, and vulnerability of species and habitat. The review of the environmental situation of the species includes causes of threat, responses to habitat modification, demographic characteristics, key behaviors, conservation measures that have been taken, and those proposed for the future. Tables list species currently on the FCREPA list with their status. Also included are the current designations of status by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission designations. A distribution map of Florida with an inset of the continental United States, Caribbean, and Central and upper South America shows the range of each species, and photographs or finely drawn illustrations of the species accompany the description.
*** v. 1. Mammals -- v. 2. Fishes -- v. 3. Amphibians and reptiles -- v. 4. Invertebrates -- v. 5. Birds
Florida's Fragile Wildlife by
Call Number: QL84.22.F6 W657 2001 Florida
Publication Date: 2001-03-01
Examining more than 20 threatened species from the perspective of land management, the book outlines the benefits of specific conservation initiatives on each species and discusses how those initiatives can be implemented. Covering a broad spectrum of Florida habitats, Don Wood focuses on selected native species that include the red-cockaded woodpecker, bald eagle, gopher tortoise, Florida scrub-jay, grasshopper sparrow, fox squirrel, southeastern American kestrel, sandhill crane, crested caracara, burrowing owl, wood stork, bats, beach mice, and saltmarsh songbirds. Three criteria were used in selecting species: the degree to which they would benefit from feasible, practical management initiatives; how often government agencies receive requests for technical assistance involving their welfare; and the incidence of their occurrence on public lands in Florida. Unlike other books currently available, this work concentrates on management strategies. While it provides fundamental biological information, each chapter in effect constitutes a well-organized conservation plan culminating in a "how-to" menu of specific management techniques (including research methodologies).
Bats of Florida by
Call Number: QL737.C5M363 2006 Florida
Publication Date: 2006-09-26
Florida is home to 20 of the more than 1,000 bat species worldwide. Cynthia and George Marks have created an informative guide that captures both the mystique--and the true nature--of the feared and revered bat.
Dolphins, Whales, and Manatees of Florida by
Call Number: QL737.C43R495 2003 Florida
Publication Date: 2003-12-31
Written by two scientists who are recognized as international leaders and pioneers in marine mammal research and conservation--and the foremost authorities on marine mammals in Florida--the book will inform people how their activities affect marine mammals and what they can do to help safeguard the environment of Florida. John Reynolds and Randall Wells present important scientific information (accompanied by photographs), conservation principles, and wildlife protection laws in a way that will be easy for the general reader to follow and understand. Their skillful presentation of the issues will engage and inspire the reader to take positive action for the protection of marine mammals and their environment.
The Florida Manatee: biology and conservation by
Call Number: QL737.S63 R44 2006 Florida
Publication Date: 2006-05-20
Having played integral roles in many of the research efforts discussed in the book, Reep and Bonde humanize the sometimes difficult-to-grasp characteristics of manatee biology, their relation to the environment, and the biopolitics that result from the intersection of science and wildlife management. They weave fact with real-life scenarios to explain what science has learned about this unusual animal--from microorganisms that cause manatee die-offs during red tide blooms to the complexity of long-distance migrations to the curiosities of manatee physiology. The evolutionary basis of the sirenian language (how manatees communicate with each other) is also revealed. Technological innovations and conservation efforts since the landmark protection legislation of the early 1970s are also central to the manatee story. Captive rehabilitation, radio tracking, and advanced boating regulations are discussed as methods to ensure manatee survival. Reep and Bonde argue that increasing interaction between man and manatee, most notably through the shared use of waterways, makes ongoing scientific research essential if successful coexistence is to be possible.
Florida's Turtles, Lizards, and Crocodilians by
Call Number: QL653.F6B375 2011 Florida
Publication Date: 2011-09-11
From alligators in backyard swimming pools to tiny lizards on window screens, you don't have to go far in Florida to find reptiles. Both fascinating and feared, there are more than one hundred species and subspecies of turtles, lizards, and crocodilians in the state--nearly half of which are non-native. Florida's Turtles, Lizards, and Crocodilians is the most comprehensive field guide available to identify and understand these creatures. Complete with range maps, vibrant color photographs, and detailed descriptions, the book is filled with information. Tips on herping (similar to birding) include where and when to look for different kinds of lizards, turtles, and crocodilians in the wild, how to identify them, which ones you can and cannot capture, how to properly care for unregulated species at home, and how best to photograph them.
Swamp Screamer by
Call Number: QL737.C23 F47 1998 Florida
Publication Date: 1998-02-01
The Florida panther is an endangered species, its way of life altered by the spread of suburban culture across the state. In Swamp Screamer, Charles Fergus tracks the fifty or so panthers that survive in Florida, vividly describing the people trying to save these remarkable creatures--including wildlife biologists trying to preserve panther habitat and radical animal lovers who regard the panther as a symbol of their crusade on behalf of nature. Swamp Screamer is a surprising and often comic look at the wildlife movement today; it is also an evocative history of the vanishing wilds of Florida and a deeply affecting portrait of the panthers themselves.
American egret and young nesting in Everglades National Park - Florida. Color postcard. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/157713
Environmental Studies and Policy (Gale OneFile)
Covers environmental issues and policy with full text, citations, and indexing.
Contains information on the connection between the environment and disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology. Contains full text, citations, and indexing for scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports.
Forum: The Magazine of the Florida Humanities Council
FORUM offers lively, insightful looks at the Florida people, events, and ideas that shaped our past, affect our present, and influence our future. Each colorful, beautifully illustrated issue offers historical and cultural perspectives that help provide context to life in Florida today. To search, use the "search this collection" search box.
Explore: Research at the University of Florida
Explore engages readers in the journey of scientific discovery, scholarship and creativity at the University of Florida. Archives back to 1996.
Florida Wildlife Magazine
An official publication of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. For almost 70 years, the magazine has been bringing you the best Florida has to offer in the way of hunting, fishing and nature-based recreation, not to mention a breathtaking array of nature photography and wildlife art. Online access to 1947-1979.
Lake Wales Ridge Wildlife and Environmental Area, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, http://myfwc.com/viewing/recreation/wmas/lead/lake-wales-ridge/
The Swamp | American Experience | PBS
The history of the Everglades is a dramatic yet little known story of humanity’s attempt to conquer nature. The Swamp, told through the lives of a handful of colorful and resolute characters, explores the repeated efforts to reclaim, control and transform what was seen as a vast wasteland into an agricultural and urban paradise, and, ultimately, the drive to preserve America’s greatest wetland.
The Price of Feathers | The Swamp - Digital Short | PBS
When demand for plumage was high, the Everglades became a hunting ground. As people learned about the hidden cost of fashion, they began to object, prompting the nation’s first big grassroots conservation movement.
Everglades by Tour Audio Tour Podcast (Audio)
"Visitors are invited to explore the unique Everglades landscape with this audio tour. Thirteen narrated tracks lead listeners on a guided exploration down the main park road. With stops at all the park's main visitor areas, the tour is a great way to make the most of your Everglades experience!" Transcripts of the media files are also available.
Ridge 101 by
Call Number: Audio Visual QH322 .A7 R5 2012 Florida
Publication Date: 2012
To help increase awareness and knowledge of the Lake Wales Ridge Ecosystem.
Living waters : aquatic preserves of Florida by
Call Number: Audio Visual TR670 .L59 2004 Florida
Publication Date: 2004
Florida's aquatic preserves provide a window to our past and glimpse into our future. These watery Edens are home to bird rookies and fish nurseries...freashwater springs and salt marshes...seagrass meadows and mangrove forests.
Endangered mermaids : the manatees of Florida by
Call Number: Audio Visual QL737.S63 E63 2003 Florida
Publication Date: 2003
This film is about the rescue of two manatees from a storm drain in Cocoa Beach, Florida. It also discusses the biology and habitat of the manatees and how people are working together to save this species from extinction.
CCC : A proud chapter by
Call Number: Audio Visual SD143.C51 2006 Florida
Publication Date: 2006
The video offers stories of Civilian Conservation Corp alumni. In between the interviews, Highlands Hammock State Park Ranger Darrel Smith offers a guided tour of several of the structures at the park built by CCC enrollees and still in use today.
Numerous links lead to information resources on various aspects of alligator life in Florida. Sponsored by United States Geological Survey: South Florida Information Access
State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/97192
Archbold Biological Station
Archbold Biological Station protects a 5,193-acre globally significant Florida scrub preserve located on the southern end of the Lake Wales Ridge, an ancient sandy ecosystem of south-central Florida.
Birds of the Everglades
Features the birds of Everglades National Park.
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
The lead agency for environmental management and stewardship, is one of the more diverse agencies in state government - protecting our air, water and land. DEP is divided into three primary areas: Regulatory Programs, Land and Recreation, and Water Policy and Ecosystem Restoration
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Wildlife and habitat links including alligators, manatees, panthers and sea turtles
Florida Fish and Wildlife Research
Provides links to information on a variety of Florida wildlife, including various fish, manatees, and panthers.
The site specializes in Florida snakes. There are links to information on other reptiles. Sponsored by the Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida.
From Canals to Conservation: An Exhibit of the Historical Everglades (UFDC)
Cover exploration of the Everglades at the turn of the 19th-century to vital conservation efforts the 1950s. Related links to special collections are located throughout the exhibit.
Mote Marine Laboratory
The Mote Marine Library offers a number of resources for information on Florida animals. Of particular interest is the collection of technical reports from the staff of Mote Marine. These reports include information on marine animals and water conditions in Florida.
National Park Service - Nature & Science
Links to Animals, Plants, Environmental Factors, Natural Features and Ecosystems, Science and Research, and Wilderness.
Sea Turtle Species Conservancy
This site includes information about the different species of sea turtles, their habitats, migration and nesting patterns, and the types of threats they encounter. Fact sheets on the individual species are available. Coastal policy initiatives specific to Florida can be found under Research.
South Florida Research Center Publication - Everglades National Park (NPS)
"The South Florida Natural Resources Center maintains a full suite of publications that document decades of local scientific study. These publications range from lengthy technical bulletins and annual reports to concise fact sheets and brochures. All are available to download in PDF format."
South Florida Water Management Disctrict
Information about the management and protect of Florida's water resources and natural systems.
An overview of water resources issues in west-central Florida.
Water: From the Ground to the Tap and Back
A three-part video series that explains where water comes from, how water gets to your home and where it goes when it leaves your home.
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