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Clam Bay Seagrass Monitoring

Earth Tech Environmental recently went out to Clam Bay to conduct annual seagrass monitoring. Seagrass is an ecologically valuable resource because it helps stabilize the sea floor, provides food and habitat for marine organisms, helps maintain…
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Collier County Comprehensive Watershed Improvement Plan

Earth Tech Environmental has been busy in the field working on the Collier County Comprehensive Watershed Improvement Plan (CCCWIP), a massive, collaborative effort to redirect and restore the historical flow of water to Naples and Rookery Bay.…
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Species Spotlight: Florida Burrowing Owl

Love is in the air for Florida burrowing owls. Fittingly, these birds begin their breeding season in conjunction with Valentine's Day, typically falling between February 15th and July 10th. These unique little birds are only found in Florida,…
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What Do Animals Do During a "Polar Vortex"?

It is an uncommon sight to see hats, scarves, and winter coats in semi-tropical South Florida. With near record-breaking low temperatures this past week, one may wonder, what do animals do to keep warm when in the throes of a frigid "polar…
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Gopher Tortoise Relocations

ETE recently completed the gopher tortoise permitting and relocation in Lehigh Acres on November 16, 2018. A total of nine potentially occupied gopher tortoise burrows were identified within the development area of the property. Four gopher…
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Bald Eagle Monitoring

Earth Tech Environmental ecologists recently completed a bald eagle monitoring project in Collier County. Due to a roofing construction project nearby, bald eagle monitoring was required 3 days/week to ensure the eagles were not disturbed during…
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Sea Turtle Hatchling Release

  Earth Tech Environmental assisted in the release of this young loggerhead sea turtle after the hatchling spent some time at the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) in Sanibel. Sea turtle nesting season is from March…
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Gopher Tortoise Relocation

ETE recently assisted a single family homeowner on Cocohatchee Street with gopher tortoise permitting.  Two gopher tortoise burrows were identified on the property.  ETE helped the owner acquire a relocation permit from the Florida Fish…
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Drone Survey of a Bird Rookery

ETE recently utilized a drone to assist in assessing the range of nesting on a small bird rookery in Clam Bay.  Using a drone is an excellent, non-intrusive way to establish counts of nesting and or roosting birds at the rookery.  Nests of…
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Collier County Wildfire Assessment

In August 2017, Earth Tech Environmental conducted a Wildfire Assessment following the fire that burned through Collier County in late April 2017. Tree mortality, vegetation regrowth, exotic coverage, and wildlife observations were all noted.  …