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Natural Wonders of Lemon Lake/Amberjack

March 16, 2018

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In the Englewood/Venice/Pt Charlotte area we are most fortunate in having a large number of outstanding county and state parks that showcase SW Forida’s remarkable flora and fauna. One of the best is Amberjack Environmental Park (including Lemon Lake) adjacent to and totally dependent on water from tidal Lemon Creek which flows through Wildflower Preserve […]

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Raptors and More

March 10, 2018

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Some of the most interesting places for a naturalist to visit might not seem the most likely to provide surprising insights into the secrets of nature. One such place is Hathaway Park in Charlotte County, primarily considered a place to fish and launch a kayak into Shell Creek (.https://www.charlottecountyfl.gov/services/ParksRecs/Pages/park.aspx?Map_Key=33). Yet it has a pretty nature […]

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A Morning Stroll Reveals Natural Wonders

February 28, 2018

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In an effort to keep fit I often take an early morning 3 mile walk from our yard on Manasota Key down to the Tom Adams bridge and back along the beach. Although this is not intended to be a nature walk, it always pays to keep alert to any interesting sightings no matter where […]

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Lake Management 101

February 20, 2018

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– – While attending a Peace River Audubon Society field trip to  the campus of State College of Florida- Venice ( http://www.scf.edu/AboutSCF/Locations/SCFVenice/default.asp ), I was delighted to find that the lovely constructed lake just in front of the campus was well managed.  It had some open water but the majority of the water surface was covered with […]

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Some Natural Delights of Deer Prairie Creek Preserve

February 13, 2018

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    The Deer Prairie Creek Preserve is one of many wonderful natural areas owned by Sarasota County and SWFWMD ( .http://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/recreation/areas/myakka-deerprairie.html ). It is huge (> 10,000 acres) and offers extensive pine flatwoods and aquatic habitats along the Myakka River and the creek. There is a dam across the creek, dating from the ranching […]

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