The invasion has reached the Loxahatchee River.
Lionfish, native to oceans halfway around the world, have reached the estuary near Jupiter, threatening the local ecosystems.
Researchers at Florida International University have discovered the foreign predator, an invasive species originally from Guam, nearly three miles inside the Loxahatchee River.
The inlet is of particular importance, FIU researchers say, because of the dozens of native species of juvenile fish that utilize the river as a nursery before making their way to coral reefs and other marine habitats. To watch a video of lionfish and FIU's efforts to track it, please click here.
Studies show many coastal residents don't know enough about the dangers borne by rising waters.
Another hurricane season is upon us and, for coastal residents, that means the usual:
1) The annual predictions of how many storms forecasters prognosticate will be a problem this season.
2) A round of warnings about who's at risk and how overdue some areas are for a landfalling storm.
3) Studies that remind us how unprepared some coastal dwellers are should a major storm event head their way.
Nos. 1 and 2 were easy to find: Up to 18 named storms, with 6-10 of those breaching hurricane status (74 mph winds) and 3-6 of those having the potential to become major hurricanes (winds in excess of 111 mph). Almost every article that mentioned these numbers also mentioned that it's been five years since a major hurricane made a U.S. landfall, inferring (or even flatly saying) that means we're overdue.
"NatureScape for Native and Migratory Wildlife" will be the topic of a presentation by the NatureScape Broward team at a meeting of the Plantation Shade Brigade to be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 23, at the Plantation Development Services Building, 401 N.W. 70 Terrace, Plantation.
The presentation will show residents ways to create and maintain a NatureScape yard that will improve green spaces for migrating song birds, save water and energy, and increase the urban tree canopy that contributes to the cooling and beautification of our urban environment.