WFIT Features

WFIT Features
2:56 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Riverkeeper Visits St. John's Headwaters

Cypress Dome at Fort Drum Marsh Conservation Area
Credit Vince Lamb

The St. Johns River is the longest river in the U.S. state of Florida and its most significant for commercial and recreational use. At 310 miles (500 km) long, it winds through or borders twelve counties, three of which are the state's largest. The drop in elevation from the headwaters to the mouth is less than 30 feet (9.1 m); like most Florida waterways, the St. Johns has a very slow flow rate at a third of a mile an hour (0.5 km/h), and is often described as "lazy". It is one of a small number of rivers in the United States to run north. Numerous lakes are formed by the river or flow into it, but as a river its widest point is nearly 3 miles (4.8 km) across. The narrowest point is in the headwaters, an unnavigable marsh in Indian River County. In all, 3.5 million people live within the various watersheds that feed into the St. Johns River.

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WFIT Features
2:55 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Expedition Florida 500 At Melbourne's Ballard Park

Expedition Florida 500's Justin Riney (foreground).

The State of Florida is celebrating 500 years of history, since the arrival of explorer Juan Ponce de León in 1513. Expedition Florida 500 is a modern-day excursion that derives its name from this historic milestone. Unlike Ponce de Leon, Expedition Florida 500 front man, Justin Riney, isn’t looking for new land to settle, rather to clean up, restore and protect Florida’s shorelines and waterways. He launched in Pensacola and has journeyed the state’s coastlines, engaging the public as he goes.

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WFIT Features
2:25 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

The National Marine Fisheries Services' Recent Release Of Loggerhead Sea Turtles

Credit Vince Lamb

For over 100 million years Sea Turtles have roamed the oceans, providing a vital link in marine and shoreline ecosystems.  From leatherbacks to loggerheads, six of the seven species of sea turtles are threatened or endangered at the hand of humans. Sadly, the fact is that they face many dangers as they travel the seas — including accidental capture and entanglement in fishing gear (also known as bycatch), the loss of nesting and feeding sites to coastal development, intentional hunting (poaching), and ocean pollution.

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WFIT Features
11:53 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Art Camp: Kids Creatively Beat The Summertime Doldrums

Keeping kids active and engaged over the long hot summer is a challenge most parents face. The Foosaner Art Museum offers a Summer camp for kids that exposes them to art appreciation and allows them to try their hand at various mixed mediums. The camp has an overall theme: Have Art Will Travel, exploring different cultures and their contributions to art. The art classes are taught by local Artists, Art educators and aides with a student teacher ratio of 10 to 1 or less. The ages range from 3 years old through 6th grade.  Students are taught an appreciation for art and Museum etiquette.

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Environment And Science
11:40 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Florida Black Bears And Roadways: A Closer Look

National Geographic’s Crittercam is a research tool designed to be worn by wild animals. It records video for a unique look from the wearer’s perspective. This technology has gathered film from the viewpoints of different wildlife species all across the globe. Now it’s a Florida black bear’s turn. 


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