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Lights out to protect sea turtles

Lights out to protect sea turtles

Clearwater, Florida -- Sea turtle nesting season begins May 1 and ends Oct. 31.

Because newly-hatched turtles find their way to the sea by following the natural light reflected by the water, city ordinances determine specific lighting requirements for beach parking lots, streets, and promenades.

If you live near the beach, make sure you shut off or dim your lights at night.

This precaution can reduce the amount of artificial light that reaches turtle nests and will help hatchlings reach the water safely.

Weedon Island celebrates Florida Archaeology Month

Weedon Island celebrates Florida Archaeology Month

March is designated as Florida Archeology Month and special programs are planned statewide to recognize the importance archeology plays in sharing information with the public about the diverse history and prehistory in the state. 

At Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center, demonstrations and archaeological activities will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Get on the road to discovery with the Florida Public Archeology Network Archeo -Cart, an educational tool to teach the principles of archeology to students and adults.

CMA to release rehabilitated sea turtle

CMA to release rehabilitated sea turtle

Clearwater Beach, Florida -- A juvenile green sea turtle rehabilitated at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium was released Thursday in the Charlotte Harbor area.

"Emmie," as she's was named, was rescued in Lee County on Oct. 30 and brought to the aquarium suffering lethargy, slow heart rate and swelling around the eyes - symptoms that suggested red tide intoxication.

There were red tide blooms in that area at the time of her rescue.

Go bananas for some needy primates at Banana Ball

Go bananas for some needy primates at Banana Ball

Palm Harbor, FL -- The Suncoast Primate Sanctuary of Palm Harbor will hold their first Banana Ball at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Friday, Nov. 18. They hope to make this fundraiser an annual event.

A ticket to the Ball gets you dinner and a chance to bid on several auction items. Funds raised during the evening will benefit the Sanctuary's campaign to build a medical resource center for primates and exotic animals.

They also hope to purchase the land directly behind the Sanctuary, at 4600 Alt. Hwy 19, to expand the current building.

Four additional sentinel chickens test positive for St. Louis encephalitis

Four additional sentinel chickens test positive for St. Louis encephalitis

Pinellas County Mosquito Control received confirmation of positive results for St. Louis encephalitis in four additional sentinel chickens. There is now a total of nine sentinel chickens that tested positive for the virus.

Sentinel chickens serve as an early-warning detection system for mosquito-borne arboviral diseases and can signal the fact that mosquitoes carrying the diseases are present in the area. There are eight locations in the county where chickens are kept and tested weekly.

The sentinel chickens that were confirmed positive were kept at the North County Maintenance Yard in Palm Harbor (2), Sawgrass Lake Park in St. Petersburg (1), Walsingham Park in Seminole (3), the Oldsmar Sewage Treatment Center in Oldsmar (2) and the Keller Water Treatment Facility in Tarpon Springs (1).