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Scientists in Tampa Bay are using remote underwater video cameras to "spy" on fish living in rare "hardbottom" habitats -- reef and rubble areas with soft corals, brightly colored sponges and limestone outcroppings. A cage of stinky bait is attached to one end of the...

Spring is a great time to enjoy Tampa Bay -- paddling, fishing, hiking, wildlife-watching and spectacular sunsets (or sunrises, for you early birds)! Upload photos to Instagram showing how Tampa Bay is inspiring you this Spring and you could win an Explore Tampa Bay prize pack featuring...

A woman views the planet Venus through Greg Simpson's 11-inch telescope in Gulfport earlier this year, during that city's  monthly "Art Walks." Greg says he sets up his telescope there to share the beauty of the night sky twice a month, weather permitting. Photo by Greg...

A visitor to Boyd Hill Nature Preserve in St. Petersburg views the moon through Greg Simpson's 11-inch telescope during "Astronomy Night" at the preserve this past January. Photo by Greg Simpson....

This past weekend Morris Bridge Park Trails were just bursting with yellows & greens as wildflowers popped up beyond the Cypress knees. Jenna Biggs says "I feel so lucky to able to go out on my weekends and discover something beautiful in nature within an...

A mother Great Blue Heron raises her chick at Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland.  This statuesque heron is our largest wading bird and lives in the Tampa Bay region year-round. Great blue parents build their sturdy nests in trees overlooking wetlands or waterways, and feed...

Sunset over Bayboro Harbor in St. Petersburg. Photo by Micaela Robinson....

What was previously a forest of invasive Brazilian pepper along Upper Tampa Bay was restored with salt marsh grasses, mangroves, sea grapes and other native coastal plants thanks to funding from the Tampa Bay Environmental Restoration Fund and nearly 200 volunteers from Tampa Bay Estuary Program,...

How can someone walk by this stunning mural in the Central Avenue District of St. Petersburg and not take a glance upward? Photo by Marcia Biggs...