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April 18, 2021


4/14/2021
Nature Calls
The FWC’s new Gopher Tortoise Friendly Yard Recognition Program honors Florida’s private landowners for contributing to wildlife conservation. Gopher tortoises live in every Florida county and, since more than half of the land in Florida is privately owned, the FWC recognizes the critical role private property owners play in conserving gopher tortoises. The purpose of the Gopher Tortoise Friendly Yard Recognition Program is to recognize and encourage landowners to enhance habitat quality and take steps to protect gopher tortoises and their burrows. These efforts will also benefit the many other species that use tortoise burrows for shelter, foraging and nesting habitat. The private landowners who meet the criteria required to protect gopher tortoises and their burrows will be recognized with a sign for their property and a certificate. Any Florida property owner can take steps to make their land “gopher tortoise friendly.” To learn more about this program, go to https://myfwc.com and search for Gopher Tortoise Friendly Yard Recognition Program.Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center and the Charlotte County Natural Resource Department will be conducting the following free programs open to the public. All programs can be found at www.ChecFlorida.org. On these casual walks with CHEC volunteers, you will search and learn about plants, animals, fungi, and more that live in Charlotte County preserves. Prepare for each walk with plenty of water, insect repellent, sunscreen, and clothing that will protect you from insects and plants. Advance registration is required for all walks, and all participants are required to wear face masks. For more information or to register, call 475•0769.
The FWC’s new Gopher Tortoise Friendly Yard Recognition Program honors Florida’s private landowners for contributing to wildlife conservation. Gopher tortoises live in every Florida county and, since more than half of the land in Florida is privately owned, the FWC recognizes the critical role private property owners play in conserving gopher tortoises. The purpose of the Gopher Tortoise Friendly Yard Recognition Program is to recognize and encourage landowners to enhance habitat quality and take steps to protect gopher tortoises and their burrows. These efforts will also benefit the many other species that use tortoise burrows for shelter, foraging and nesting habitat. The private landowners who meet the criteria required to protect gopher tortoises and their burrows will be recognized with a sign for their property and a certificate. Any Florida property owner can take steps to make their land “gopher tortoise friendly.” To learn more about this program, go to https://myfwc.com and search for Gopher Tortoise Friendly Yard Recognition Program.
Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center and the Charlotte County Natural Resource Department will be conducting the following free programs open to the public. All programs can be found at www.ChecFlorida.org. On these casual walks with CHEC volunteers, you will search and learn about plants, animals, fungi, and more that live in Charlotte County preserves. Prepare for each walk with plenty of water, insect repellent, sunscreen, and clothing that will protect you from insects and plants. Advance registration is required for all walks, and all participants are required to wear face masks. For more information or to register, call 475•0769.

Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center and the Charlotte County Natural Resource Department will be conducting the following free programs open to the public. All programs can be found at www.ChecFlorida.org. On these casual walks with CHEC volunteers, you will search and learn about plants, animals, fungi, and more that live in Charlotte County preserves. Prepare for each walk with plenty of water, insect repellent, sunscreen, and clothing that will protect you from insects and plants. Advance registration is required for all walks, and all participants are required to wear face masks. For more information or to register, call 475•0769.
Sunday, April 18, 9 am - Join CHEC on a walk at Bayshore Live Oak Park, 23157 Bayshore Road, Pt. Charlotte. You will be walking along the shoreline of Charlotte Harbor exploring the various mangrove species found there.
Tuesday, April 20, 9 am - Join CHEC on a guided walk through 308-acre Tippecanoe Environmental Park, 2400 El Jobean Road. This Charlotte County park includes habitats such as scrub, pine flatwoods, marsh, and wetlands. Meet behind the Charlotte County Sports Park. Also offered on Monday, May 3.
Wednesday, April 21, Saturday, April 24 and Wednesday, April 28 at 9am – Join CHEC on a guided hike through Cedar Point Environmental Park, 2300 Placida Road. This 115-acre preserve consists mostly of pine flatwoods as well as some areas of scrub, salt marshes, mangrove swamps, and wetlands. Meet in the parking lot nearest to the visitor center. Register at 475•0769.
Thursday, April 22, 9 am - Join CHEC on a guided walk through the old-growth pine flatwoods and mangrove fringe of 125-acre Ann & Chuck Dever Regional Park, 6961 San Casa Drive. Meet at the San Casa entrance.
Monday, April 26, 9am – Join CHEC on a guided walk through the scrub and pine flatwoods of Amberjack Environmental Park, 6250 Gasparilla Pines Blvd. Meet in the parking lot at the end.
Wednesday, April 28, 9 am. Join CHEC on a guided walk, through Tippecanoe II Mitigation Area, Joppa Ave, Port Charlotte. This 150-acre preserve is home to several families of the threatened Florida scrub jay. Meet in the parking lot.
Friday, April 30, 9 am – Come along with CHEC on this guided walk through the 81-acre Bill Coy/Buck Creek Preserve, 5350 Placida Road. The scrubby flatwoods and mangrove swamp border Buck Creek, which flows into Lemon Bay. Meet in the parking lot.
Friday, April 30, 10am to noon - join CHEC for a Seagrass Wading Trip adventure through the seagrass beds of Lemon Bay! All participants will be guided approximately a half-mile to the wading site, where they will collect and view creatures of the bay. Participants will need to wear closed-toe shoes and clothes that may get wet during the trip. Participants are also encouraged to wear sun protection and insect repellent and to bring plenty of drinking water. Advance registration is required at 575•5435. Meet in the Cedar Point Environmental Park, 2300 Placida Road, in the parking lot near the restrooms at 10am. Mask required.

Lemon Bay Park EcoWalk
Join UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County on a walk through Lemon Bay Park while learning interesting facts about local insects. This free educational walk is set for Thursday, April 29, 9 to 10:30am. Scientists have identified 12,500 insects in Florida alone, and insects are essential for the ecosystem, serving as food for other creatures, pollinators, nutrient recyclers and more. Register only through the ufsarasotaext.com website. Lemon Bay Park is located at 570 Bay Park Blvd. For questions, call 861•5000.

Co-Existing with Alligators
With the arrival of warm weather, alligators are being more active and visible. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission offers these safety tips for people and their pets to co-exist safely with alligators. Be aware of the possibility of alligators when you are in or near fresh or brackish water. Alligators are most active between dusk and dawn. Keep pets on a leash and a safe distance away from the water’s edge because pets can resemble alligators’ natural prey. Swim only in designated swimming areas during daylight hours and never allow your pet to swim in fresh or brackish water. Never feed alligators – it’s dangerous and illegal. Dispose of fish scraps in garbage cans at boat ramps and fish camps, not into the water, as the result can be the same as feeding them. If you believe an alligator poses a threat to people, pets or property, call FWC’s toll-free Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866•FWC•GATOR (866•392•4286,) and a contracted nuisance alligator trapper will be dispatched to resolve the situation. Learn more at
www.myfwc.com/alligator.





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