The New Guinea flatworm in New Caledonia. Scale is in centimeters. CLAIRE GOIRAN

Invasive New Guinea Flatworm Has Made Its Way to Florida

BY DOUGLAS MAIN, Newsweek, June 24, 2015 – Researchers from around the world reported findings of flatworms in the new areas, after which they sent photographs and DNA samples to Justine in Paris for his confirmation. The flatworm (Platydemus manokwari) has few natural predators outside of New Guinea, and it likely will have no predators in the United States, Justine says. It gobbles up soil-dwelling invertebrates like snails, which could have a big impact on the environment. “It will not make […]

by · June 24, 2015 · Animals, Consumer, Environmental, News
Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

CBP Agriculture Specialists at Miami Seaport Catch First-in-Nation Pest

MIAMI – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) agriculture specialists at the Miami Seaport intercepted an unusual pest identified as Lissomus sp. in the family Elateridae during an intensive inspection of a container of ginger from Ecuador. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirmed this week that this marks the first nationwide interception of this pest. Insects in the family Elateridae are commonly known as click beetles because of their unusual click mechanism.  A spine […]

Flamingos have returned to a remote site in Palm Beach County for nine years. (Photo courtesy South Florida Water Management District.)

Flamingos in Florida: Back for good? Birders can see them in spring

By Bonnie Gross,, Special to, June 8, 2015 – For years, the only flamingos in Florida were at zoos, Hialeah Race Track or decorated people’s lawns. Today, however, the Audubon Society says flamingos are back, and maybe for good. Instead of random sightings, Audubon reports a flock of migrating flamingos has returned to the same spot in Florida for nine springs now. In 2014, 147 were counted. In 2015, there were eight. Still, says Mark Cook, lead scientist of Everglades […]

The great pigeon caper (Video)

The great pigeon caper (Video)

By Mark Young, Managing Editor, May 30, 2015 – Chalk this caper up to one of the most bizarre robberies ever. According to Miami-Dade Police, three men jumped over a chain link fence at 4595 SW 127th Avenue. At 1:00 AM they may have been confused with what they were about to steal – 150 pigeons. Yes, pigeons.  Three of the birds died during the theft. Wait! What makes this even more bizarre, as if the originaal crime wasn’t enough. Three […]

2 Hialeah Police K-9s found dead inside officer’s SUV (Video)

2 Hialeah Police K-9s found dead inside officer’s SUV (Video)

Florida, May 28, 2015 – Statement from Don Ryce Regarding the Death of Two Hialeah Police K-9’s: “I am deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of two remarkable police dogs from the Hialeah Police Department, “Jimmy” and “Hector”. “Jimmy” is a 7 yr-old Bloodhound and “Hector” is a 4-yr old Belgium Malinois. The Jimmy Ryce Center donated “Jimmy” the bloodhound to the Hialeah Police Department seven years ago. Our mission is stronger than ever and with the public’s […]

The presidential suite: $120 a night, and ultra-luxury for dogs (PPH photo)

Posh Pet Hotel Caters to Palm Beach’s Richest Pets With Private Bedrooms, Bedtime Readings and Flat Screen TVs!

By Jose Lambiet,, Special to, May 17, 2015 – WEST PALM BEACH — Posh Pet Hotel owner Lincoln Baker is betting that area residents will spend $120 a day to board their dogs. And for that, he plunked down what could be upward of $1 million to transform an old South Dixie Highway CVS pharmacy into the ultimate hotel for dogs and cats, the Posh Pet Hotel. “When someone comes to spend big money at The Breakers or the […]

Jason Scott Falbo was arrested 5/13/2015 for animal cruelty (PBSO photo)

Landscaper Accused of Mowing Down NINE Ducklings in Wellington!

By Jose Lambiet,, Special to, May 15, 2015 – WELLINGTON — A Royal Palm Beach man has been arrested and charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty after he allegedly mowed down nine ducklings on his first day of a new landscaping job. The incident occurred earlier this month as Jason Scott Falbo, 24, was cutting the grass on a private property inside Wellington’s fancy gated community of Olympia. In April, according to criminal records, the same suspect was […]

“Miley” returned to the sea (Video)

“Miley” returned to the sea (Video)

By FloridaKeysNewsBureau For, May 3, 2015 – ISLAMORADA, Florida Keys — A rehabilitated, sub adult loggerhead sea turtle named after pop singer Miley Cyrus was released off the Florida Keys Saturday after convalescing at the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital. “Miley,” was discovered floating off the Upper Florida Keys in early March. The rescuers who found her noticed the turtle’s rear end was gyrating and dubbed her “Miley,” for Miley Cyrus’ expressive dance moves she once coined “twerking.” The 120-pound reptile […]

A brown pelican with one wing takes a splash.

Florida Keys Wild Bird Center is worth a quick stop

By Bonnie Gross,, Special to, April 22, 2015 – Next time you head south on the Overseas Highway for an outing in the Keys, take a few minutes to stop at MM 93.6 in Tavernier. Wander along a boardwalk through a mangrove forest and visit the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center, a volunteer-run facility with an informal, backyard sort of feel. The center is free, though after seeing the work being done, we wanted to stuff some dollars into […]

by · April 22, 2015 · Animals, Consumer, Environmental, Featured, Travel
Chicken in Key West cemetery: See why I like them? Lots of personality.

Key West chickens: Noisy, colorful, just like Key West

By Bonnie Gross,, Special to, April 20, 2015 – Key West has a lot of off-beat charms, but one of my favorites has always been the chickens. The feral fowl that frequent the streets and alleys of Key West seem like the perfect metaphor for Key West -– historic, colorful, sort of wild, a little noisy and occasionally annoying. You don’t have to work hard to spot Key West chickens  —  you hear them crowing and see them strutting […]

Paddle into the wilderness

Quiet time: Escape to lonely Lake George State Forest

By Bob Rountree,, Special to, Mar 20, 2015 – Throughout our state, tucked away in remote enclaves, you’ll find hundreds of little-known wetlands, forests and wilderness areas waiting to be discovered and explored. Visitors to these areas are often greeted by inconspicuous signage and understated recreational features. Straddling State Road 40 and the roadside hamlets of Astor and Volusia, Lake George State Forest encompasses almost 21,000 acres with 3.5 miles of frontage on the St. John’s River south of Lake George, Florida’s second largest […]

“Emerald” returned to the waters off Key West (Video)

“Emerald” returned to the waters off Key West (Video)

By FloridaKeysNewsBureau For, Mar 17, 2015 – MARATHON, Florida Keys — An endangered juvenile green sea turtle named ‘Emerald,’ was returned to the wild off the Florida Keys on St. Patrick’s Day Tuesday, after convalescing at the Keys-based Turtle Hospital for more than 15 months. In November 2013, the 17-pound, foot-and-a-half long reptile was found floating on the fringes of Key West Nature Preserve. The reptile was emaciated and heavily covered with epibiota, or external parasites, giving the turtle a […]