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Winter is the perfect time to enjoy a quiet paddle in Cockroach Bay -- an ugly name for a beautiful place! White pelicans, lesser scaup and other "snowbirds" keep you company as you glide through clear waters beneath robin's-egg skies. The Cockroach Bay Aquatic Preserve...

No place I'd rather be than on the water instead of in a shopping mall on Black Friday! Photo taken in Double Branch Creek – Nanette O'Hara...

Wading birds enjoying the fall weather in downtown St. Pete at the USF campus, nice seeing wildlife in such a developed setting. – Gary Raulerson...

A native green anole suns on a fence post at the Lower Green Swamp Nature Preserve in northeast Hillsborough County. This beautiful area of pine woods and cypress heads in the Green Swamp is part of the Jan K. Platt Environmental Lands Acquisition and Preservation...

Tampa Bay is Community! Students and faculty from Mulrennan Middle School's Science Club in Valrico receive a Bay Mini Grant Award from the TBEP Policy Board to help restore Tampa Bay. Students and teachers will maintain a marsh grass nursery at the school that will...

Departing downtown St. Petersburg on the Cross-Bay Ferry offers a beautiful view of downtown and a spectacular way to get to downtown Tampa./Photo by Mike Dupre. – Marcia Biggs...

The views of Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg and Tampa skylines can't be beat when you ride aboard the new Cross-Bay Ferry! Go to crossbayferry.com for information on tickets and schedule./Photo by Mike Dupre – Marcia Biggs...

Took this pic of Great Blue Heron at the Florida Birding and Nature Festival. – Nancy Pease...

Tampa Bay is Science. Ray Dennis, and his kids, Sydni and Jacob, help record seagrass species information along a monitoring transect near the MacDill AFB peninsula. They recorded nice Halodule (shoal grass) & Syringodium (manatee grass) beds, as well as, many sightings of small bonnethead sharks. –...

I took this photo recently at Blackwater Creek Preserve in northeast Hillsborough County. It shows the caterpillar of the Common Buckeye butterfly munching on a native plant called False Foxglove. Blackwater Creek is part of the Hillsborough River watershed. Miles of hiking trails showcase native habitats...