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Florida’s Newest Scarecrows

By: Kyle Grammatica When you picture a scarecrow do you see a straw body dressed in tattered clothes used to protect farms from birds? Northeast Florida now has a new type of scarecrow to protect imperiled birds thanks to a $45,517 grant from the Foundation. These scarecrows (or crow effigies) are deceased crows placed around […]

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Making Silver Springs Accessible to All

A grandmother ushers a group of children to the ramp, excited to board one of the iconic glass-bottom boats and share the wonders of Silver Springs. Instead of disembarking full of a new appreciation for nature, the group leaves disappointed. The reason: the boat could not accommodate the grandmother’s wheelchair. We’re helping the Florida State […]

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Helping Panthers Through Trail Therapy

Steve Fugate is practicing trail therapy. After losing his son to suicide and daughter to an accidental overdose, the Vero Beach, Florida native started walking to escape his pain. But walking in nature did more than provide an escape, it taught him lessons about grief, healing and mental health. He’s using this wisdom to help […]

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Gumbo Competition Funds Youth Fishing

Captain Butch Finnigan Jr., Captain Tom Van Horn, and Jay Herrington share a passion for fishing and great food. Over a decade ago they combined their interests to create the non-profit Gumbo Wars, Inc. (formerly Gumbopalooza) to host an annual gumbo cook-off  competition that funds youth angling events. The Gumbo Wars competition occurs every October […]

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Everglades Ecosystems Find a New Champion

By: Kyle Grammatica Cypress trees, sponges, and eelgrass, oh my! These are all part of exciting restoration projects underway thanks to a $100,000 grant from Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Outdoor Fund. The largest of these projects is sponge restoration in Florida Bay. As recently as the 1980s, Florida Bay held the greatest concentration of […]

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