WFSU-TV explores natural north Florida through video, photography, and written word on the WFSU Ecology Blog.  The Ecology Blog collects a few related projects, each with their own approach to discussing our natural resources, and combines them for a unique perspective on the interconnectedness of land, water, and local economy.

David-and-RobThe genesis of the Ecology Blog was the In the Grass, On the Reef project.  WFSU partnered with Dr. Randall Hughes and Dr. David Kimbro, both formerly of the FSU Coastal & Marine Lab, to take a closer look at the rich ecosystems that line our coasts.  Set mostly on Florida’s Forgotten Coast, we kayaked, snorkeled, and mucked through the intertidal zone.  Over 60% of the seafood fished in the gulf spends some part of its life cycle in either a salt marsh, seagrass bed, or oyster reef.  Randall and David examined biodiversity in salt marshes, the effects of predatory species on oyster reefs, and the collapse of the Apalachicola Bay oyster fishery.  In the Grass, On the Reef was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

suttonlakeWith EcoAdventures North Florida, we (mostly) departed from the coasts to gain a broader perspective on our regional ecology.  We hike trails, paddle rivers, and go in search of native and migratory wildlife treasures.  Sometimes, as with our coverage of the Apalachicola RiverTrek kayak trips, our adventure connects multiple ecosystems and timely environmental issues.  Lately, we’ve been concerned with water under the ground, looking at our relationship to the aquifer and impacts on Wakulla Springs.  We’ve even taken the adventure onto picturesque local farms, which are experimenting with new ways to incorporate food production into a natural north Florida setting.

DonkeyJoin Oberon, Titania, and Puck for the recently completed EcoShakespeare.  Within William Shakespeare’s plays were many references to nature that speak to his upbringing in rural Stratford-upon-Avon.  The timelessness of his words, viewed outside of their Victorian context, resonate in our contemporary north Florida ecology.  In partnership with the Southern Shakespeare Festival, EcoShakespeare blends performance, biology, and outdoor adventure.  Additional partners include Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy, Friends of Wakulla State Park, and Palmetto Expeditions.  EcoShakespeare is funded by a grant from WNET, whose Shakespeare Uncovered season 2 premiered on WFSU-TV on January 30.

Beyond our web and short video content, the WFSU Ecology Project has produced three full-length documentaries. Watch full episodes of In the Grass, On the Reef and EcoShakespeare.