Four Florida-based representatives from the Invasive Species Science Branch, including three youth interns, ran the Race Against Invasives 5K in Everglades National Park on October 22, 2016. Racers ran alongside interagency colleagues from the National Park Service, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida State University, and Florida International University. Funds raised at this event will go towards invasive species education and outreach in southern Florida, as well as early detection and rapid response efforts in the Greater Everglades Ecosystem.
The U.S. Geological Survey issued a press release this morning, September 22, 2016, announcing the discovery of Burmese python (Python bivittatus) hatchlings spotted on Key Largo, following three sightings last month of snakes approximately 18-inches long. This species has been documented in the Florida Keys for a while now and pythons have previously been captured on Key Largo, but these are the first reports of hatchlings, evidence of reproduction.
During a visit to Everglades National Park (ENP) on March 9, 2016, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, Jo-Ellen Darcy, will tour the South Florida Natural Resources Center's Daniel Beard Research Center. Michelle Collier and Emma Hanslowe, along with NPS staff, will give a presentation on invasive plants and animals, including the work that USGS staff undertakes on invasive reptiles in ENP.