ECOWATCH: Mothers must become Mother Nature’s teachers

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a necropsy found that the dolphin had been impaled in the head with a spear-like object while alive. The agency suspects that by the shape and size of the wound, the dolphin was likely being fed illegally.

Dogs and Bocascopes

Meet the finest page in the paper, filled with dogs up for adoption and all of the future wisdom about your life that you need to know. Boca Beacon backpages 4-22-22

ECOWATCH: Let’s make every day Earth Day

It has been 52 years since the first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970 in Washington, D.C., and college campuses held rallies throughout America. It was a time of awakening. Many had said that Rachel Carson’s book, “Silent Spring,” which documented the adverse environmental effect caused by the indiscriminate use of pesticides, and the Santa Barbara oil spill in 1969, one of the largest oil spills in the U.S. at the time, killing over 3,500 birds and marine animals, were the catalysts for Earth Day.

ECOWATCH: Shiloh Baptist Church memories

The story of their little church took place at a time when the island was in the midst of growing pains. Boca Grande was a town that had alligators resting on the lawns of homes along the canal, large snakes sunning on the middle of the road on cold days, and a multitude of other species of wildlife on the island. All lived in harmony. Iguanas still had not made the trip from a little Mexican town. But that’s another story for another time.


DOG LIFE: Dog aggression?

Dogs may not be born aggressive toward other dogs or people. Aggression could be a result of circumstances from an early stage or a learned behavior through negative experiences. However, some dogs are born with a dominant trait and at times will demonstrate dominant aggression even when they are two months old. Other dogs may have experienced some form of abuse or a threatening situation during their young age or even later in life, where they had no choice but to be aggressive to eliminate that negative factor and avoid its recurrence. 

On April 29, the University of Florida Institute will offer “Go Florida Native for Arbor Day.” Those interested can sign up to plant and care for a collection of native plants in their own yards. The Institute will offer one kit per household to those who preregister and attend a short class on planting and caring for their plants. This kit will consist of one Florida native tree, two shrubs and two grasses. 

SUNCOAST SAL: SHS joins the Giving Challenge 2022

Suncoast Humane Society has set a goal to raise $100,000 for their general operating fund which provides critical support for the animals and community-based programs such as the Pet Food Bank and Pet Therapy Program. “We’re just beginning to emerge from extremely challenging times, when many nonprofits felt great uncertainties about sustaining their operations,” said Suncoast CEO, Maureen E.

ECOWATCH: Learning to live with Florida’s alligators

Florida is known for many things, among them beautiful warm weather, white sandy beaches, stunning sunsets and gorgeous foliage. However, there is also another side of Florida that is not in the travel brochures, and that is its rating on wild animal attacks.

ASK A DOC: Hip surgery and what to expect

There are two kinds of hip replacement surgery – total and partial. With total hip replacement, the entire damaged bone or cartilage is replaced with a prosthetic component. This is one of the most common types of joint replacement performed in the United States: more than 450,000 a year. This procedure is more complicated and has a more challenging recovery period than partial hip replacement, which is recommended for patients whose hip joint ball is worn and needs to be replaced with a prosthesis. Partial hip replacement is more straightforward and has the shortest recovery period. It accounts for a quarter of all hip procedures, with nearly 100,000 operations performed per year in the United States.