Florida's warm weather and lush landscape offer an attractive habitat to a number of invasive species that are wreaking havoc on local ecosystems. Wild Chronicles investigates how these non-native species, including green iguanas, lionfish and a plant called hydrilla, first arrived. Conservationists suggest the ultimate culprits may be humans who release exotic species into an environment not prepared for their presence.
AP (Apr. 14, 2014) Florida wildlife officials say they have killed five bears following an attack on a woman in a suburban subdivision in central Florida. Forty-five year-old Terri Frana was attacked by a large bear in ... watch video
AP (May 15, 2014) A rehabilitated green sea turtle returns to Florida waters with the help of a long-distance swimmer. Pearl flapped her fins excitedly as swimmer Ben Lecomte placed her on the beach off a state park ... watch video
Newsy (Oct. 25, 2015) Florida reinstated black bear hunting to control populations, but activists are concerned the Florida black bear population isn't stable enough.
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Reuters (Oct. 17, 2013) With the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy fast approaching, scientists say they are moving closer to developing more effective early warning systems for future storms. Engineers at the University of ... watch video
AP (Aug. 14, 2013) Gregg Matthews and Chris Officer are one of two teams that are walking Florida's entire 825-mile coastline as part of a project to create panoramic views of every beach on Google Maps. ... watch video
Nov. 18, 2015 The final report of a board of 20 independent advisors to the UN Secretary-General on water and sanitation offers blunt observations and calls for an overhaul of the way the world body deals with the ... read more
Nov. 22, 2015 Drifting snow is a complicated and poorly understood process that is important to fathom because it accounts for a major fraction of wind-blown snow redistribution within polar and mountainous ... read more
Nov. 27, 2015 A microscopic marine alga is thriving in the North Atlantic to an extent that defies scientific predictions, suggesting swift environmental change as a result of increased ... read more
Nov. 27, 2015 Regional climate projections for the two coming decades (2021-2040) suggest enhanced probability of heatwaves anywhere in Europe, which would be comparable or greater than the Russian heatwave in ... read more
Nov. 26, 2015 The rate of carbon burial in remote lakes has doubled over the last 100 years, researchers say, suggesting even isolated ecosystems are feeling the effects of our changing ... read more
Mar. 4, 2015 Just when you thought hurricanes couldn't get any scarier, think again. Their names roll of the tongue like a rogues' gallery: Floyd, Frances, Irene, Wilma and Andrew. But these aren't ... read more
Dec. 24, 2014 An invasive ant species that has become increasingly abundant in eastern North America not only takes over yards and delivers a nasty sting, it's helping the spread of an invasive plant species. ... read more
Feb. 6, 2013 A species of moth from Brazil that was being considered for biocontrol of the Brazilian peppertree in Florida was sent to a USDA-Agricultural Research Service research entomologist for ... read more
Mar. 14, 2011 The rapid spread of lionfishes along the U.S. eastern seaboard, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean is the first documented case of a non-native marine fish establishing a self-sustaining population in the ... read more