Tell the FWS that Chicago and Milwaukee would like Hackmatack, a new wildlife refuge they could drive to. You might see whooping cranes, river otter, cougars, blandings turtles and all kinds of birds there. They take comments until April 27 and are set to decide this fall.
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Bald eagles chose the post-industrial wasteland of Chicago’s way South Side to build their first nest in the city in 130 years. The Chicago PD cancelled plans for a huge outdoor firing range nearby that environmentalists hated anyway.
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Black-throated diving birds (which look like loons, but are really rare in the UK) are being saved by rafts provided for their nests in remote Scottish Highlands.
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Hundreds of Park Slope parents and birders got to see a bald eagle, an orange-faced king vulture and a ton of hawks fly through Brooklyn’s Nethermead.
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Just a couple years after the Shiba Inu cam sensation, wild animals are fascinating millions of viewers with reality TV, family tragedies and triumphs.
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Wild boars are thriving near Fukushima Daichi nuclear power plant, but test with really high levels of radiation. What will happen to the birds and fish that migrate through?
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Eagles nesting by an Iowa fish hatchery have become online stars. More than 100,000 people watch the pair feed their chicks and hope for another egg to hatch.
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Highlanders are the worst birds of prey poachers in Scotland, according to a new map and report. They even poisoned a rare sea eagle.
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Captain Mike’s is the swim with manatee tour you want to go on in Homosassa to get close to manatees, but not bother them.
Keep reading Snorkeling with manatees the right way in Homosassa
Crystal River Manatee
Probably the easiest and most reliable way to see manatees on the Nature Coast in northeast Florida is at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, right off the main drag, route 19. You can see female manatees that can’t leave and young manatees that will be released someday getting fed at the Manatee Care Center. Plus, it’s one of the very few places in the area you might get to see wild manatees from the shore (easier on you and the manatees)–provided you show up in January or early February.
Like pretty much all the Homosassa manatee attractions, it’s hard to get your head around where the logistics. The wildlife park used to be a private zoo in Florida’s roadside zoo attraction heyday; the lone hold-over is the hippo, Lu, now 51. Otherwise, it now only takes native wildlife that can’t live in the wild because they were injured, sick or raised in captivity.
The park has a big parking lot and outpost on route 19 but the real action is closer to the shore. You either take a pontoon boat (they leave about every 15 minutes) or you walk. Or, you can just drive there. The park really begins deep in the pretty, winding Spanish moss covered roads of old Homosassa.
Captive manatees getting fed at Homosassa Wildlife Park
Some people will tell you the park only has captive manatees. Not true. Wild manatees visit the area. I heard varying accounts of
Keep reading Homosassa Wildlife Park: Manatees in rehab and wild in the river