March 25, 2001 |
Having speared a fat fish, a great blue heron is poised to gulp. I stand on the bank of the Kissimmee River-the headwaters of the Ever-glades-watching the wading bird, expecting that the drama of swallowing will surpass that of the impaling. Surely this feathered predator would fare better, I think, if it had a short, wide, straight neck-like that of a gator-instead of a narrow, sensuous S-curve that's prettier than it is practical. Then again, maybe not.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 1986
Imagine the outcry if private firms were allowed to tap underground geothermal reservoirs on the borders of Yellowstone National Park to the point that Old Faithful sputtered itself into just another Yellowstone mud pot. Essentially the same thing has happened in southern Florida, and now is the time for the rest of the nation to help correct this environmental misfortune.
April 3, 1992 |
BACKGROUND: In 1990, when Marjory Stoneman Douglas, grande dame of the environmental movement and author of the seminal 1947 book "The Everglades: River of Grass," celebrated her 100th birthday, even she allowed, "They'll probably make a fuss." They did. Miami celebrated with an all-comers beach picnic, a private reception sponsored by the Wellesley Club, a sculpture dedication and a black-tie dinner. UPDATE: Douglas will mark her 102nd birthday on Tuesday more modestly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 1992
In "Florida's Apologies to Nature" (Feb. 15), I found some solace in the fact that people were recognizing, albeit too late, that nature relies on a delicate balance. I grew up in central Florida and was involved in the debate over channelizing the Kissimmee River. We lost that argument and the state lost a valuable resource, which it is now trying to reclaim. I now live in the Ojai Valley, and find myself involved in the debate surrounding the Weldon Canyon landfill. I have been amazed at the lack of coverage by the media, both print and broadcast, of the dangers facing the Ojai Valley.
February 20, 1996 |
In launching one of the most far-reaching environmental initiatives of the Clinton administration, Vice President Al Gore shared an Everglades tableau with snowy egrets, coots and alligators Monday to endorse a $245-million subsidy reduction on sugar cane to help fund a cleanup of Florida's ailing freshwater ecosystem.
August 28, 2010 |
Roger McCulloch skipped a grizzly bear hunt in Alaska to drive 18 hours to Florida with one mission: shoot an alligator with bow and arrow. "I love gator hunting," said McCulloch, who owns an Ohio construction business. "It's just the rush of it. I've hunted everything — caribou, bear, elk. Gators are tough critters. " Special rules govern the bagging of gators. Hunters are not allowed to use guns. Instead, they may use a pole, spear, bow and arrow, or rod and reel to catch the animal, then use a bang stick — a pole with an explosive charge on the end — to dispatch it point-blank before bringing it into a boat.