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Environmental News for Southwest Florida | June 2022

By Tom Bayles, WGCU Environmental Reporter

There are more boats on Florida waters, more inexperienced captains, and more people living in the state than ever before. Add to that mix new boat owners, most without enough education and training, and the results are proving deadly.

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Koreshan State Park kicks off Citizen Science series with a focus on threatened gopher tortoises

Throughout June, Koreshan State Park in Estero is hosting four 'Citizen Science' informational programs to introduce people to the concept and learn about four established research projects that they can become involved with.

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Photo of the Month

Eating like a bird? Sebastian Inlet State Park visitor and photographer Wei-Shen Chin’s dramatic photo of an osprey catching a fish won second place in this year’s 2022 Explore Florida State Parks Photo Contest. Wei-Shen Chin was at the Sebastian Inlet park in Melbourne Beach when he shot the photo that is titled “Osprey Fresh Catch.” The contest received 12,673 submissions, breaking last year’s record of 3,796 entries. “We received thousands of incredible entries, all of which helped to show off the beauty and natural wonder of our amazing state parks," said Chuck Hatcher, acting director of Florida Park Service.

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Environmental reporting for WGCU is funded in part by VoLo Foundation, a non-profit with a mission to accelerate change and global impact by supporting science-based climate solutions, enhancing education, and improving health.

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