Wildlife Facts

Two elk stand in a river, seemingly escaping a wildfire raging behind them.

How Does Wildfire Smoke Affect Wildlife?

Have you noticed the summers getting smokier? If you’ve found yourself coughing more, seeing the sky tinged with an eerie orange, or even just catching the faint scent of burning … Read more

Unique Plants and Wildlife Found in America’s Everglades

Spanning 1.5 million acres, America’s Everglades is a unique biodiversity hotspot. The Greater Everglades sustains the economies of neighboring communities, enhances outdoor recreation opportunities, and replenishes the aquifer that provides … Read more

A gray manatee floats just above the ocean floor.

Manatees and Meadows: The Remarkable Seagrass Habitats of the Florida Panhandle

If you live in Escambia, Santa Rosa, or Okaloosa County, you may have seen us at a boat ramp or fishing pier giving out polarized sunglasses and talking to anyone … Read more

Quiz: Petals and Pollinators

A hummingbird hovers next to a flower, beak extended into its petals.

Pollinator Week: Birds, Bees, & Everything in Between

It’s National Pollinator Week! National Pollinator Week is an annual event celebrated from June 19th through June 25th to honor the unsung heroes of our gardens, fields, and farms. Over … Read more

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50 Years of the Endangered Species Act: A Gulf Coast Success Story

2023 marks the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA), a landmark federal legislation that is hailed for protecting over 1,600 species across the country. This essential law … Read more

A salmon jumps out of falling water.

Crashing salmon stocks in California extend to Pacific Northwest

In March, and for the first time since 2008-2009, federal regulators closed all recreational and commercial salmon fishing off the California coast for the remainder of 2023 due to a … Read more

A seemingly large bird with black and brown feathers, a bald face, and a hooked beak.

The Dual Nature of Rarity: Understanding Conservation Needs for Artificially versus Naturally Rare Species

Nature’s rarest and most endangered species face threats from all sides—but did you know that ‘rare’ and ‘endangered’ are not interchangeable terms? While some species—like red wolves—are indeed only rare … Read more

A group of baby sea turtles on the shore head towards the water.

Can Turning Off the Lights Save a Sea Turtle?

Why Sea Turtles? Sea turtles are an impactful species along the Gulf Coast. They act as a home and transportation for many species like barnacles and algae, and – thanks … Read more

A small, furry, rodent-like mammal sits on rocks.

Surviving the Snow: The Amazing Adaptations of Three Winter Wonders

When the temperatures start to drop and the days get shorter, it’s easy to assume that the natural world goes into a state of hibernation. But the truth is that … Read more