Sunday, October 12, 2008

Florida Freshwater Turtles Served in China

I rarely duplicate posts between this blog and my Tallahassee blog but this one deserves to be posted on both blogs.

Last week I read in the "St. Petersburg Times" this article, "China Gobbling Up Florida Turtles" and it made me sick. Basically, people are illegally harvesting Florida's freshwater turtles then shipping them overseas to be eaten. China appears to be a big market, but looking at this bulletin: Florida Fish & Wildlife March 2008 Intelligence Bulletin on the Commercialization of Florida's Freshwater Turtles, Japan is a big consumer of Florida's freshwater turtles.
If you find this disturbing, contact Florida Governor Crist to put a stop to this and save Florida's turtles! You can drop him a line at:

Governor Charlie Crist
State of Florida
PL-05 The Capitol
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001

Navigationally Challenged No More (At Least That's the Plan)

I did it. I broke down and purchased a GPS yesterday, a Garmin nüvi 205, Best of all, the fashionable navigation unit matches my laptop, it's pink! I'm not superficial, I didn't purchase it because it's pink, I purchased it because it seemed pretty straightforward to use and get me from point A to point B. I can use it when walking, too. Or, if I get really adventurous, I can mount it to my bike.Not sure if I'll be able to use it for geocaching, though. I looked at hand-held GPS units and I didn't have the patience to figure them out.

I'll take it out for a spin tomorrow and this week but will really break it in next weekend when I head to Lafayette, La. Not only will I be using it to navigate in and around Cajun country, I'll be using it to visit the International Rice Festival.

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