Mosquito season is upon us. No one is watching those pesky little critters more carefully than the scientists at the Florida Medical Entomological Laboratory along the Indian River Lagoon off Oslo Road about three miles south of Vero Beach. The lab is part of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. The property takes up 38 acres and is surrounded by 291 acres of wetlands, mangrove forests and scrubby pine woods –a good environment for learning about the natural world. The scientists are on the lookout for mosquitoes carrying West Nile or St.
Her name is Sigrid George. She moved from New York and began at Stuart Middle School as a teacher of English and Social Studies. That was in 1969. Recently Sigrid received a National PTA Life Achievement Award. It is richly deserved. Sigrid rose through the ranks at Stuart Middle School as curriculum coordinator and assistant principal. For the past 12 years she has been the principal. The Life Achievement Award is the highest honor bestowed by the National PTA. It goes to an individual who “daily lives out his or her commitment to children.” In a ceremony at Stuart Middle School,
Here’s a new unwelcome resident of the Treasure Coast. The Asian Tiger Prawn, otherwise known as the Asian Giant Shrimp – which sounds like a contradiction in terms. It joins a long list of invaders that includes the python, the wild hog and the lionfish. Two giant shrimp have been found in the Indian River Lagoon. One in Vero Beach in April, and one in Hobe Sound in September. Only two? Scientists with the University of Florida Sea Grant program at the Indian River Research and Education Center in Fort Pierce fear there could be many more. The giant shrimp grow and multiply quickly.
On June 1st, the hurricane season began on the Treasure Coast and elsewhere on the Atlantic seaboard. It lasts until the end of November. Are you ready? Weather forecasters are predicting 13 named tropical storms for the season. Five of them will be hurricanes with maximum sustained winds of 74 mph or above. This is about average. Of course, we don’t know if any of them will hit the mainland. The National Hurricane Center is urging residents in hurricane-prone areas to “go tapeless.” That means do not tape your windows.