Sea Turtle Nesting Season has Ended

St. Johns County officials have announced that sea turtle nesting season has officially ended. Although October 31st marked the traditional end of the season, St. Johns County extended the season until the last four turtle nests hatched, in compliance with the County’s Habitat Conservation Plan.

The 2010 season was record-breaking for St. Johns County, with a total of 902 turtle nests on the 41 miles of beaches. This is the most since the County began keeping records in 1988. By comparison, last year the total was 270 nests, and the average prior to this year was 255. Beaches throughout Florida saw an increase in turtle nests, but officials are unsure what caused the increase. Data from more than one year will be needed to make any conclusions.

BP official to hold Q&A session on Facebook

Dave Rainey, Vice President of Science and Technology for BP’s Gulf Coast Restoration Organization (GCRO), returns to Facebook on Wednesday, November 10 at 2 p.m. (CDT). This session will build on Dave’s first Q&A and address questions regarding BP's commitment to the health and safety of Gulf residents, wildlife, and the environment. To submit a question, please visit BP's Facebook page and submit a comment by Tuesday, November 9 at noon (CST).  To view Dave's earlier Facebook Q&A, click here.  To learn more about BP’s Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative and other restoration efforts, visit the Environmental Restoration page on BP.com.

State Parks Waive Entrance Fees for Veterans Day

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service will offer free day-use entrance to Florida State Parks on Thursday, November 11, 2010.

In honor of the services and sacrifices of United States veterans, their families and communities, day-use entrance to all of Florida State Parks will be waived to park visitors on Veterans Day. This offer does not include Skyway Fishing Pier State Park.

For more information on Florida’s state parks or Veterans Day event details visit www.floridastateparks.org or www.twitter.com/FLStateParks.   

FWC Seeks Input on Possible Changes to Red Drum Rules

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is continuing a series of public workshops to review its analysis of the latest red drum (redfish) stock assessment and discuss possible red drum rule changes.

The FWC wants to hear what people think about its proposals to create regional management areas for red drum and raise the daily bag limit from one fish to two per person in northern Florida.  The Commission also wants to receive comment on possible red drum rule changes in southeastern Florida.

Community Collection Days Scheduled Throughout St. Johns County

Residents can safely dispose of hazardous waste, electronics and tires

St. Johns County Solid Waste Management will host several Community Collection Days throughout St. Johns County beginning on Saturday, November 6th. Community Collection Days are limited to St. Johns County residents only. Collection begins at 8am and ends at noon. Below is a list of dates and locations:

St. Johns RIVERKEEPER recently launched an iPhone app to complement its Get Your Feet Wet guide

 St. Johns RIVERKEEPER recently launched an iPhone app to complement its Get Your Feet Wet guide to the St. Johns River. 

The “Get your Feet Wet, iPhone edition” guidebook app is a valuable resource that allows users to explore and learn about the St. Johns River from Palatka to the Atlantic Ocean with the convenience of their phone.

Keeping Critters out of Your Home

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. -- They can cause the kind of damage that can lead to costly home repairs. They are the four-legged critters looking for a place to stay warm.

"There are rodents, squirrels and raccoons always around this time of year looking for nesting sites," said Jeff Saylor.

Saylor, with Arrow Exterminators, said those nesting sites are in First Coast homes.

Saylor the entry points are easy to find; just look near the air conditioning systems.

"Service lines are easy access points for rodents to get into your home," said Saylor.

He said another weak spot is the soffit, the area under the eaves of the roof. 

"Rats can get through an area the size of a quarter, mice can get through about the size of a dime," he said.

Even a tree near your home can become an access point.

Saylor's advice is pay attention to the surroundings.