Should we add cane toads to the list of alien creatures that have invaded the Treasure Coast? According to the weekly newspaper 32963, which serves that zip code, a resident of the Vero Beach barrier island noticed his 18-month-old English Setter named Major was foaming at the mouth and shaking his head. The owner rushed the dog to a vet, who treated Major for venom poisoning from a cane toad. Apparently, Major had bit a cane toad or licked it or just sniffed it. Cane toads are big. They squirt a milky venom from glands behind their ears that can be lethal to small mammals and harmful
Here’s something to put on your bucket list: Horseback riding on the beach. You know what a bucket list is – things to do before you kick the bucket. A horseback ride on the beach is an experience you will always remember. The only place you can do it on the Treasure Coast is at Frederick Douglass Memorial Park on South Hutchinson Island in Fort Pierce. In fact, that’s one of the few places in all of Florida where you can do it. If you own your own horse, you can buy a permit from the St.
It’s hard to imagine the Environmental Learning Center near Vero Beach without Holly Dill in charge. Dill was hired as executive director in 1989 – a year after the ELC was formed and three years before it opened its 64-acre spread on the Indian River Lagoon at the west end of the Wabasso Bridge. After 25 years, Dill, 60, decided it was time to retire. She will stay until a successor is found. She is a hands-on administrator. Always smiling. She makes sure the ELC offers programs for all ages and abilities. Pontoon-boat rides and kayak excursions. Nature walks and a large touch ta
Ordinary mosquitoes are enough of a problem on the Treasure Coast during the rainy season from June through October. Now we are being warned about daytime-biting mosquitoes that carry the dengue virus or the chikungunya virus. Both cause tropical diseases. Neither is usually fatal. But each can make you miserable for days or weeks. Fever, headache, nausea, extreme pain in the muscles and joints. Last year, 24 cases of locally acquired dengue fever were reported in Martin County. This year, health officials fear the chikungunya virus could also invade our area. A person goes to, say,