August 2015

Coral spawning is an annual event taking place along reefs in early September when corals have sex to reproduce. Scuba divers have described the event as a “brilliant underwater fireworks display.” Here, Capt. Spencer Slate observes coral spawning up close at the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
Nesting roseate spoonbills.
For everyone else, next winter is nearer than last winter, but for roseate spoonbills last winter’s nesting season ended only recently.
In a region not known for honoring its past, the 108-year old Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse in Pompano Beach is a beacon of hope.
It’s been a tough sea turtle nesting season on both coasts of Florida. A small army of cops is still after whoever ran an all-terrain vehicle through five nests on Anna Maria Island in the Bradenton-Sarasota area on June 27.
Weekly sailing sessions run throughout the summer in a camp sponsored by Gulfstream Sailing Club in Hollywood.
Photo | Maria Merzeau
Learning to sail on a lake is how roughly 140 kids will spend their summer vacation in a camp offered by the Gulfstream Sailing Club in Hollywood.  
The Cape Romano shoals, a Florida gulf coast seabird mecca, are on the brink of becoming a Critical Wildlife Area — further formal recognition of their natural history as no place for humans with more money than birds, but not as much sense.  
Nesting roseate spoonbills.
Weekly sailing sessions run throughout the summer in a camp sponsored by Gulfstream Sailing Club in Hollywood.
Photo | Maria Merzeau

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