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Spring Along the Blue Ridge Parkway

May 17, 2018

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In our “golden years” we are fortunate to be able to enjoy two wonderful spring times, one in our winter SW FL home and one in our new summer home in Boone, NC. In the North Carolina mountains the explosion of ephemeral wildflowers, the arrival of migratory birds, and the regrowth of new leaves on […]

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Surprising Natural Beauty of Arlington Park

April 21, 2018

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  You would normally expect to find wildlife in relatively unspoiled places, but sometimes a city park will reveal unexpected natural wonders. In mid- April I dropped off my wife at Sarasota’s (FL) Pinecraft Park, a place famous for spring birding fall-outs, while I explored nearby Arlington Park. At Arlington I found a very attractive […]

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April Birding Madness

April 13, 2018

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      April is a month in which birders avidly search for neo-tropical migrants as they fly from the Caribbean, South and Central America and Mexico to their northern breeding sites. In SW Florida these feathered jewels tend to descend on us during westerly winds, which push them off course as they migrate at […]

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Rapid Pond Bioassessment at Broadmoor Park

March 28, 2018

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    A team of volunteers organized by Chuck Idelberger and Stan Plizga recently carried out a seine survey for fish and large invertebrates at four of 13 ponds in the new 168 acre Broadmoor Park (a former golf course) in Rotonda West. The goal was to determine how different the ponds were and how […]

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Biking With Nature

March 24, 2018

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The Cape Haze Pioneer Bike Trail might seem an unlikely place to have a good nature-based experience. But in fact this 8+ mile long rails to trails paved pathway passes through some relatively unspoiled landscapes and crosses two tidal creeks. It offers intriguing views of wildlife and landscapes not so readily available on foot. […]

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