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Around Town, Arts/Enteretainment, Business, Club Chat, Nature Calls and Kids News
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August 18, 2022


8/10/2022
Nature Calls
Let’s Turtley Do It!The Coastal Wildlife Club wants to know if you have signed up for the EnviroRace 5K yet. If not, what are you waiting for? Let’s “turtley” do it! You can run or walk the 5K on Sunday, September 18 on a scenic course that features two loops on Venice’s famous canopy tree-lined road. This “zero waste” race starts at 7:30am in downtown Venice. Post-race beer garden and food. EnviroRace has chosen Coastal Wildlife Club to receive the race’s proceeds. Isn’t that “turtley”-awesome? Cost is $45 adult, $35 youth under 14. Use the special code “save the turtles” for $5 off your registration. Virtual option, too. Details and registration at www.runsignup.com and search for Venice Enviro 5k.
Let’s Turtley Do It!
The Coastal Wildlife Club wants to know if you have signed up for the EnviroRace 5K yet. If not, what are you waiting for? Let’s “turtley” do it! You can run or walk the 5K on Sunday, September 18 on a scenic course that features two loops on Venice’s famous canopy tree-lined road. This “zero waste” race starts at 7:30am in downtown Venice. Post-race beer garden and food. EnviroRace has chosen Coastal Wildlife Club to receive the race’s proceeds. Isn’t that “turtley”-awesome? Cost is $45 adult, $35 youth under 14. Use the special code “save the turtles” for $5 off your registration. Virtual option, too. Details and registration at www.runsignup.com and search for Venice Enviro 5k.
They’re here! The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) 2022-23 manatee and sea turtle decals are now available. These waterproof stickers are colorfully illustrated and look right at home on watercraft, car bumpers or anywhere you want to show your support for these native species. New decal designs are released each July and can be purchased with a $5 donation when you register or re-register a vehicle or boat at your local tax collector’s office. The funds raised by decal donations go directly toward supporting research, rescue and management efforts for manatees and sea turtles. This year’s manatee decal also helpfully displays the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888•404•FWCC (3922) where you can report an injured, entangled, or sick manatees or sea turtles. Learn more about how to help conserve manatees and sea turtles at www.MyFWC.com/Manatee and www.MyFWC.com/SeaTurtle.
They’re here! The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) 2022-23 manatee and sea turtle decals are now available. These waterproof stickers are colorfully illustrated and look right at home on watercraft, car bumpers or anywhere you want to show your support for these native species. New decal designs are released each July and can be purchased with a $5 donation when you register or re-register a vehicle or boat at your local tax collector’s office. The funds raised by decal donations go directly toward supporting research, rescue and management efforts for manatees and sea turtles. This year’s manatee decal also helpfully displays the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888•404•FWCC (3922) where you can report an injured, entangled, or sick manatees or sea turtles. Learn more about how to help conserve manatees and sea turtles at www.MyFWC.com/Manatee and www.MyFWC.com/SeaTurtle.

Record Breaking Sea Turtle Nests
Thank you to everyone who is watching out for nesting sea turtles and removing obstacles from the beach at night! Coastal Wildlife Club reports a record -breaking loggerhead turtle nesting season as reflected in the latest statistics from August 5th. There have been 5,016 nests on Manasota Key alone with 7,030 false crawls. Learn more by visiting the Coastal Wildlife Club’s Facebook page.

Learn to Attract Pollinators & Wildlife
UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County is offering a free program, “Florida-Friendly Landscaping for Wildlife and Pollinators”, on Wednesday, August 17, noon to 1:30pm, at their complex in Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Road, Sarasota. Learn how to attract birds, bees, butterflies, and other small animals to your landscape, and how you can create a beautiful wildlife garden. Your garden can be a vibrant way you can help protect dwindling populations of some wildlife habitat. Stay around after class and take a tour in the UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County pollinator garden. Please register for this event only at www.ufsarasotaext.eventbrite.com. For questions, call 941•861•5000.

Annual Plant Sale
With timing to coincide with the start of Florida’s autumn planting season, UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County invites you to the 16th Annual Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Sale and EdFest. This great opportunity to learn more about plants and purchase plants for your own garden is set for 8:30am to 1:30pm on Saturday, October 8 at the Sarasota Extension Office in Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Road, Sarasota. Choose from among hundreds of shrubs, trees, palms, annuals, herbs, and other plant varieties identified as “Florida-Friendly”. Food trucks will also be onsite. Purchases may be made with cash or check. For more information, call 941•861•5000 or visit www.sarasota.ifas.ufl.edu/plantsale.

“Ours to Preserve” Gala
The public is cordially invited to a fundraiser, “Wildlife – Ours to Preserve”, to benefit the Paul A. & Veronica H. Gross Wildlife Center of SW Florida on Saturday, October 29, 5 to 9pm. The event will be held at the Plantation Golf & Country Club, 500 Rockley Blvd., Venice. Tickets are $100 per person. Your ticket includes dinner and music. There will be a silent auction with many donated items. You can reserve tickets by calling 941•484•9675 or online at www.wildlifeswfl.org.

Encounter a Stranded Sea Dweller?
Biologists are concerned for a dolphin that has stranded twice on a Naples beach in recent weeks. Dolphins strand primarily when they are sick or injured and, unfortunately, this dolphin was pushed out to sea both times by citizens in the area. Improper handling may cause serious internal injury or drowning. Keep a safe distance, marine mammals may be capable of powerful and unpredictable moves. Help prevent marine mammal stranding. Obey posted speed zones. Keep fishing debris & trash out of the water. Observe from a distance - minimum 50 yards. Never feed or offer water to an animal. If you see an animal in distress, call the free Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission Wildlife Alert phone number: 888•404•FWCC (3922).

Protect Yourself from Mosquitoes
The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County (DOH-Sarasota) is urging all residents and visitors, especially those that are spending time outdoors, to protect themselves from mosquito and tick bites this summer season. While most tick and mosquito bites are only an annoyance, sometimes these bites can be dangerous. Preventing bites reduces the risk of a person getting infected with a mosquito-or tick-borne disease. During the rainy season, it’s important for residents and visitors to take the appropriate precautions to protect themselves from being bitten in the first place. Residents are encouraged to drain standing water around their homes such as pool covers, garbage cans, buckets, and other places where water may have collected. Cover doors & windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out of your house and lanai. Cover your skin with clothing or repellent. Repellents with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol, 2-undecanone, and IR3535 are effective. To determine which repellent is right for you, consider using the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s search tool for skin-applied repellent products: http://cfpub.epa.gov/oppref/insect/#searchform. Please visit Sarasota County Mosquito Management to schedule a service request, register for spray notifications and to learn about planned spray missions. For more information, please visit www.scgov.net or call 311.
Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center (CHEC) Activities
On these casual walks with CHEC volunteers, you will search for 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. The health and safety policies for CHEC programs are subject to change. For information on programs, mask requirements and Covid-19 safety precautions, please call 941•475•0769 or email tome@checflorida.org. Go to www.CHECflorida.org for a complete program calendar.
Cedar Point Environmental Park
Join CHEC at 8am, Monday, August 15 for a guided tour of beautiful Cedar Point Environmental Park, 2300 Placida Road. Meet at the Visitors Center. Also offered Monday, August 29.
Ann & Chuck Dever Regional Park
Join CHEC on a guided walk at 8am, Tuesday, August 16 through the old-growth pine flatwoods and mangrove fringe of 125-acre Ann and Chuck Dever Regional Park. Meet at the San Casa entrance, 6961 San Casa Drive. Please call 941•475•0769 to register or for more information.
Bill Coy Preserve
Join CHEC at 8am, Friday, August 19 for a guided walk through the 81-acre Bill Coy Preserve. The scrubby flatwoods and mangrove swamp border Buck Creek, which flows into Lemon Bay. Meet in the parking lot at 5350 Placida Road. Please call 941•475•0769 to register or for information.
Seagrass Wading Trip
On Friday, August 26, join CHEC for a free wading 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 sunscreen and insect repellent and to bring plenty of drinking water. Advance registration is required by calling 941•475•0769. Trips fill up fast! Meet at 9am in the Cedar Point Visitor Center, 2300 Placida Road.

Be Alligator Aware
With summer in full swing, many people are working and recreating near Florida’s lakes, rivers, and wetland areas. Warm temperatures also mean alligators are more active and visible. While serious injuries caused by alligators are rare in Florida, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) recommends taking the following precautions when in and around the water to prevent conflicts with alligators:
• Keep a safe distance if you see an alligator.
• Never feed an alligator. When fed, alligators can lose their natural wariness and instead learn to associate people with the availability of food. This can lead to dangerous circumstances for yourself and other people who could encounter the alligator in the future.
• Feeding alligators is illegal and dangerous in Florida. If you see someone feeding an alligator, call FWC’s Wildlife Alert at 888•404•FWCC or visit MyFWC.com/WildlifeAlert.
• Swim only in designated swimming areas during daylight hours. Alligators are most active between dusk and dawn.
• Keep pets on a leash and away from the water’s edge and never let them swim in fresh or brackish water, even for short periods of time. Pets often resemble alligators’ natural prey. Allowing your pet in the water for even short periods to cool off or play can result in its death.
• Call the FWC’s Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866•FWC•GATOR (866•392•4286) if you believe an alligator poses a threat to people, pets, or property and the FWC will dispatch a contracted nuisance alligator trapper to resolve the situation. The FWC places the highest priority on public safety and administers a Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program (SNAP) to proactively address alligator threats in developed areas, while conserving alligators in areas where they naturally occur.
• Find more resources about living with alligators at MyFWC.com/Alligator.
The American alligator, Florida’s state reptile, is a conservation success story. Florida has a healthy and stable alligator population, which is estimated at 1.3 million alligators of every size. They are found in freshwater lakes, ponds, swamps, and slow-moving rivers in all 67 counties in Florida.
Courtesy of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.


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