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Loggerheads, greens, and a leatherback… Oh my!

By Dr. Jeffrey Schmid, Environmental Research Manager The Conservancy’s 2024 sea turtle nest monitoring on Keewaydin Island started with an interesting twist. On April 23, the first crawl of the…

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Board member joined the Burmese python research team in the field

Hands-on with the Conservancy’s Python team Jon Kukk, Conservancy Board Member, provided the Burmese python research team with assistance on a recent python capture. Kukk and his wife, Julie, won…

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Data managers: The unsung heroes and heroines of science

Written by Melinda Schuman, Biologist IV We all love the stories about the team of biologists trudging miles through the swamplands only to walk out a few hours later with…

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Shifting sands in time

By Dr. Jeffrey SchmidEnvironmental Research Manager In the ever-shifting landscapes of Southwest Florida’s beaches, loggerhead turtles have emerged as symbols of resilience and adaptability. Despite the formidable challenges posed by…

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Millipedes, weevils and ants: Understanding a cane toad’s diet

Conservancy biologists Melinda Schuman and Dr. Jeff Schmid, along with Conservancy volunteers Susan Snyder and Copley Smoak, have published their findings on the diet of cane toads in Southwest Florida…

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Rare sighting: Sea turtle nest boil

Sea turtle nesting may be coming to a close on Southwest Florida beaches but the hatching of their nests is proceeding full steam. Although not a record like last year,…

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Burmese python program collaborates with PhD candidate

The Conservancy’s Burmese python program is collaborating with University of Florida PhD candidate and former Conservancy of SWFL conservation associate, Kate Davis, to better understand long-term impacts of invasion on…

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Endangered sawfish recorded by Conservancy biologist

Conservancy Research Manager, Dr. Jeff Schmid, was recently treated to a rare sighting of two endangered smalltooth sawfish while performing sea turtle nest monitoring on Keewaydin Island. The island is…

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Conservancy measures longest Burmese python ever captured

The longest Burmese python caught in Florida has been documented. In the early morning hours on July 10, a group of passionate python hunters caught a female Burmese python. Interested to learn…

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Loggerhead sea turtles released after months of rehabilitation

“They are 10 minutes out!” To those of us there to volunteer, 10 minutes standing on the beach seemed like forever. Having spent more than 20 years researching and protecting…