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Protecting the vulnerable waterbirds that nest on coastal islands in the greater Tampa Bay region is a labor of love for Audubon Florida wardens Ann Paul and Mark Rachel. The pair is continuing an Audubon legacy in Tampa Bay that dates to 1934. Together they safeguard...

Spotting Brandt Henningsen is easy. Tampa Bay’s habitat ambassador is two parts infectious enthusiasm, one part outdoor fashion icon in mud boots, blue jeans, and polarized sunglasses, and one part map-toting tour guide. His passion is getting folks knee-deep in the bay, inspiring them to...

In 2015, Tampa Bay had 40,295 acres of seagrass, the most observed on the bay's bottom in 60 years! Needing sunlight and clear water to grow, seagrasses are a living benchmark of the bay's health. Bradenton-based photographer Jimmy White, an avid diver, captured this stunning...

Five years ago, Eckerd College students participating in a research cruise on Tampa Bay made a surprising discovery. Water and sediment samples revealed microscopic bits of plastic, unrecognizable at first. “It’s unclear where they’re coming from and the extent of the harm,” said Eckerd marine...

Patience and planning paid off for James Boone in this stunning photograph of the full moon rising, taken from Fort De Soto Park in March 2016. “I had been chasing this shot for almost two years and finally got it,” said Boone. The rising moon...

University of South Florida marine scientists made national headlines following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico, helping to reveal the volume and spread of oil gushing from the blowout.  Since then, USF’s College of Marine Science has led a consortium of...

The Great Blue Heron is a thrilling sight, whether flying low and slow with deep wingbeats, standing stock-still on the shore, or wading shallows searching for fish with long, graceful strides. The nesting pair rendered here in batik is from the work of Bradenton artist...