Monday, September 28, 2009

This could be really, really bad.

This August 2 story on introduced Amazonian apple snails from the Mobile Register is chilling. Let's hope it's not too late to stop them this year.
"When wildlife officials realized that baseball-sized Amazonian snails had colonized the main pond in Mobile's Langan Park last year, their worst case scenario involved the giant gastropods escaping into Three Mile Creek.

Now, a year later, that's exactly what's happened."

I have a bad feeling about this. News

Monday, September 14, 2009

E. O. Wilson Biophilia Center

On Saturday Sept. 12 I attended the grand opening of the E. O. Wilson Biophilia Center on Nokuse Plantation near Freeport, FL. A wonderful and much-needed educational facility for the area's youth. The exhibits, classrooms, and long nature trail are first-class. MC Davis and crew have done a fantastic job of putting this place together. It was a treat to meet and hear E.O. Wilson again, as well as a number of good friends. At one point some of us were standing around talking and we realized that we had a mini-convention of south Alabama-north Florida nature bloggers. Here's a photo by Matt Aresco of yours truly (left) alongside Margaret Gunzburger (Life in the Piney Woods) and Dave Steen (Living Alongside Wildlife). Much more cool stuff on the Wilson Center is on Margaret's blog.