Rebekah Nelson

Volleyball goes on despite unresolved shorebird issues

Volleyball goes on despite unresolved shorebird issues

Bulldog Beach Volleyball held its inaugural tournament Sunday for new volleyball courts built alongside the Springhill Suites on Navarre Beach. The successful beach volleyball program is an arm of Navarre Beach Sports and Recreation LLC, owned by volleyball professional Judd Smith and Kim Larson. Read the full article in the Dec. 6 issue of Navarre […]

Manatee population continues to recover

Manatee population continues to recover

November is Manatee Awareness Month and the state of the species is far better than it used to be, with Florida manatees now listed as threatened rather than endangered. The change in status of the species, which was made in March due to increased population counts, is the result of effective protection measures. The manatee […]

Roadway collisions with bears on the rise

Roadway collisions with bears on the rise

Drivers are warned to be aware of bears on roadways because it’s not uncommon for an accident to occur that involves a bear being hit by a car. More than 3,200 bears have been killed on roads in the state between 1990 and 2015, with more than 200 being killed in each of the last […]

Bear hunt decision still in the woods

Bear hunt decision still in the woods

It remains to be seen if a bear hunt will take place in Florida for the second-consecutive year. The state allowed bear hunting in select areas for the first time in 20 years last October and a total of 304 were killed, including 143 in the central part of the state. The quota set by […]

Eagle nest numbers continue to grow

Eagle nest numbers continue to grow

The health of bald eagles in the state of Florida has improved significantly in 40-plus years. Nests are being observed throughout Florida this year, including in Santa Rosa County. It is the first survey since the 2011-12 nesting season. Another month remains in the current nesting season so the numbers have yet to be updated. […]