Scientists from around the country are converging on Tampa this week to compare notes about the after-effects of the 2010 BP oil spill. Much of the oil remains out of sight below the surface of the Gulf, so the research will take years to complete.
There’s about two weeks left in Florida’s 2016 Python Challenge and as of Friday afternoon 66 Burmese Pythons have been caught. The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Collier County is one of the designated sites for the state-sanctioned hunt. Rookery Bay is also the site of an ongoing research effort by local, federal and academic partners aimed at learning more about how these invasive constrictors have adapted to the Florida environment.