A couple of weeks ago, phones up and down the St. Augustine coast lit up with the same message: “Right whales at the beach.”
Most of the time, these whales can be found off the coast of New England and further north into Canadian waters where they feed and mate. But every year a congregation of right whales travel over 1,000 miles south to the shallow coastal waters of north Florida to give birth to and nurse their young - and every year residents and snowbirds alike flock to the coast for an opportunity to catch a glimpse of these majestic creatures. Unfortunately, these opportunities are becoming exceedingly rare. The North Atlantic right whale is one of the world’s most endangered large whale species, with as few as 360 left in the ocean. So, what is driving this species to the brink of extinction? You guessed it – people.Read more
A HUGE conservation win for St. Johns County!
As the second fastest growing county in the state, St. Johns County is experiencing its fair share of growing pains including clearcutting and traffic congestion. But, on January 19, 2021, after years of advocacy from the environmental community, the St. Johns County Commission voted to reactivate the Land Acquisition and Management Program (LAMP) ordinance, appoint a LAMP Advisory Board, and fund the program with $500,000 to acquire and preserve environmentally sensitive land in St. Johns County.Read more