Author Archives: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes

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Sea turtle season produces all-time high nest numbers, hatchling disorientations troublesome

Turtle nesting season is turning out to be a whopper. Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring statistician Pete Gross, also known as the “Stat Guy,” reported this week that the number of sea turtle nests on Anna Maria Island is a record — since recordkeeping began in 1997. However, successful conservation efforts do […]

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It’s almost time for the school bell to ring

Seems like summer just got underway, but if you are still planning on a summer vacation trip, time is growing short. Classes will resume Thursday, Aug. 10, for students at Anna Maria Elementary School. Office staff returned to the school July 17 and teachers are arriving to prepare classrooms for students in kindergarten through fifth-grade […]

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Turtle Watch, county stress HB nesting problems

Call it a message from Mother Nature. “As we struggle with the business of life and the problems with accommodating both our residents and our tourists, we’ve got to remember there is wildlife that depends on us,” Charlie Hunsicker, Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources director told Holmes Beach commissioners at their June 27 meeting […]

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Endangered shorebirds hatch in Holmes Beach

People aren’t the only ones enjoying summer on Anna Maria Island. A colony of black skimmers — an endangered shorebird species — is nesting in Holmes Beach on the shore fronting the 5400 block of Gulf Drive. The black-and-white birds with a distinguishable splash of orange on their beaks can be seen flying low over […]

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Eliza Ann nests; then tagged, released at Coquina Beach

“Now, that’s a loggerhead! That’s a sea turtle!” Dan Evans, technology and research specialist for the Sea Turtle Conservancy exclaimed June 19 about Eliza Ann, a more than 300-pound loggerhead sea turtle that was tagged and released June 20 at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring partnered with […]

County commission to hold charter workshop

Manatee County is holding a workshop to discuss the pros and cons of becoming a charter county. Like a charter city or school, a charter county is guided by a document that would confer powers, duties or privileges on the county. Twenty of the 67 counties in Florida are charter counties. The Florida Constitution states […]