Category Archives: Animals

New Wildlife Puppeteers play at the Wildlife Park Oct. 21

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will be presenting an exciting new Wildlife Puppeteers’ play this Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 2:00 pm in the Discovery Center inside the wildlife park. Regular park admission applies. Did you see the movie, Night in the Museum? This play is an … Continue reading New Wildlife Puppeteers play at the Wildlife Park Oct. 21

Wildlife Park to host Oct. 21 Bird Walk

Experienced and novice birders are welcome The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, in cooperation with Citrus County Audubon Society, will host a bird walk on Pepper Creek Trail on Saturday, October 21, 2017. An experienced birder from Citrus County Audubon, will lead the walk on this trail which … Continue reading Wildlife Park to host Oct. 21 Bird Walk

Ways to help reef fish survive after Barotrauma

By Melissa Crouch, from the column Gone Coastal   If you’ve ever gone saltwater fishing in Florida, you are well aware of the variety of species that call these waters home. A popular target for Florida’s saltwater anglers are reef fish such as snappers and groupers. These species are fun to catch and provide a … Continue reading Ways to help reef fish survive after Barotrauma

Haunted Tram Rides event at Wildlife Park Oct. 27-28

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and the Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park are busy planning and setting up for their annual Haunted Tram Rides community event scheduled for the evenings of Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28, 2017. The event will begin at 6:00 pm each evening, and run until 10:00 … Continue reading Haunted Tram Rides event at Wildlife Park Oct. 27-28

Heartwood Preserve Guided Nature Walk Oct. 26

The old saying that you “can’t see the forest for the trees” has never been truer. When was the last time you went on a walk in the woods with no agenda or timeframe? Maybe you are stuck in an office or running your kids around from activity to activity, and  getting minimal time in … Continue reading Heartwood Preserve Guided Nature Walk Oct. 26

Wildlife Puppeteers debut new play Oct. 4

New puppet plays to highlight “Night at the Wildlife Park” The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will be presenting an exciting new series of Wildlife Puppeteers’ plays starting Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 2:00 pm in the Florida Room at the park’s main entrance and Visitor Center located … Continue reading Wildlife Puppeteers debut new play Oct. 4

Citrus County Animal Shelter Fundraiser Oct. 7

A Car Wash to benefit Citrus County Animal Shelter will be held at the Dunnellon Moose Lodge #2308 on October 7, 2017 from 8am to Noon. The Moose Lodge is located at 11890 N. Florida Ave. (US 41) on the northern edge of Citrus Springs. Financial donations and pet supplies will be collected. Supplies in … Continue reading Citrus County Animal Shelter Fundraiser Oct. 7

Wildlife Park Reopens: October features Bats

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, including the Wildlife Walk, has reopened with regular admission.  A section of boardwalk from the from the Alligator bridge to the Otter bridge is temporarily closed to for post-storm maintenance. Another small section of boardwalk from West entrance from bleachers to the Fish Bowl is also closed for maintenance. … Continue reading Wildlife Park Reopens: October features Bats

Wildlife Puppeteers to present new plays beginning Sept 23

New puppet plays to highlight “Night at the Wildlife Park” The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will be presenting the next in an exciting new series of Wildlife Puppeteers’ plays starting Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 2:00 pm in the Magnolia Room at the park’s main entrance and … Continue reading Wildlife Puppeteers to present new plays beginning Sept 23

Donations Needed at Citrus County Animal Shelter

Due to the impending impact of Hurricane Irma on Citrus County the Animal Shelter (Citrus County Animal Services) is anticipating an influx of homeless and stray animals. Additional donations of critical items will be needed to care for animals and their comfort during the storm and during recovery efforts. Below is a list of items … Continue reading Donations Needed at Citrus County Animal Shelter

“Appreciating Vultures” at the Wildlife Park in September

September is Vulture Awareness and Appreciation Month at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. Learn about New World and Old World Vultures, the key role they play in the environment, and the plight they face in many countries. September’s displays in the Visitor Center and Discovery Center will focus attention on Florida’s two New … Continue reading “Appreciating Vultures” at the Wildlife Park in September

Pasco County Animal Services looking for Temporary Foster Homes

Animal Services is asking for assistance during shelter renovation Pasco County Animal Services (PCAS) is undergoing some much-needed renovations at the shelter in Land O’ Lakes.  Construction work is underway from now through Friday, August 25, 2017 to reduce noise levels in the shelter. The well being of Pasco County’s shelter pets, customers and staff … Continue reading Pasco County Animal Services looking for Temporary Foster Homes

Pasco County Animal Services Receives Grant for SNIP Program

Florida Animal Friend, Inc awards $25,000 to help put an end to pet overpopulation Pasco County Animal Services (PCAS) has been awarded $25,000 by Florida Animal Friend, Inc. This grant will help fund Trap/Neuter/Vaccinate/Return (TNVR) in the Zephyrhills area where feral and community cat populations are high. PCAS submitted the grant proposal in support of … Continue reading Pasco County Animal Services Receives Grant for SNIP Program

Wildlife Park to Present two Eclipse Programs Aug. 20

Park volunteer Elizibeth DeMonte invites you to learn some fun and interesting facts about solar eclipses. She will present two programs on Sunday, August 20, 2017, one will be held at 11:00 am with another at 2:00 pm. Both programs will be held in the Florida Room of the park’s Visitor Center located on US … Continue reading Wildlife Park to Present two Eclipse Programs Aug. 20

Are the Chassahowitzka (Chazz) Bears OK?

 Chazz Bears are dangerously Isolated The Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge on Florida’s Nature Coast was established in 1943 as a winter preserve for migratory water birds. Today, over 31,000 acres are protected and managed by several federal, state and local government agencies with the goal of offering migrating and wintering water birds a place to … Continue reading Are the Chassahowitzka (Chazz) Bears OK?

Chinsegut Conservation Center Nature Programs for September

Chisnegut Conservation Center is located 7 miles north of Brooksville, and covers 408 of the 850 acres comprising Chinsegut Wildlife and Environmental Area (WEA). The Conservation center has regular nature programs and is the only educational facility operated by the Commission’s Office of Public Access and Wildlife Viewing. September 1st 7:30 PM                     Night Hike: As … Continue reading Chinsegut Conservation Center Nature Programs for September

Join PCAS for a Nationwide Pet Adoption Event!

Pet Adopt-A-Thon set for Saturday, August 19 The Pasco County Animal Services Department (PCAS) shelter is filled with adorable – and adoptable – cats and dogs. The summer months bring in more strays than average and PCAS needs to find these great pets their forever homes. PCAS is joining NBC, Telemundo, and nearly 700 shelters … Continue reading Join PCAS for a Nationwide Pet Adoption Event!

Butterfly Presentation at the Wildlife Park August 24

Jeff Rundell, a Park Volunteer and retired biology teacher will give a special program on “The Hidden Lives of Butterflies, Moths, and other characters with more than four legs” on Thursday, August 24, 2017, starting at 1:00 pm in the Florida Room at the park’s main entrance and Visitor Center located on US 19. Rundell … Continue reading Butterfly Presentation at the Wildlife Park August 24

Pasco County Animal Services Introduces SNIP!

Animal Services is now offering low cost spay/neuter and TNVR To help reduce the number of stray and feral animals, the Pasco County Animal Services Department (PCAS) has introduced the SNIP Program, or Spay/Neuter in Pasco. As the stray population grows, animal shelters struggle to find all of them homes, and many are euthanized. The … Continue reading Pasco County Animal Services Introduces SNIP!

Donations Needed for New Enrichment Program

Citrus County Animal Services will be launching a behavior enrichment program which will help decrease the stress of a shelter environment on our furry guests. Shelter enrichment programs help to reduce the stress and boredom of shelter life.  With shelter animals, behaviors such as hyper-arousal, depression, and obsessive/compulsive behaviors are not uncommon when enrichment is … Continue reading Donations Needed for New Enrichment Program

Strict, Unbending Rules For Dealing With Stray Cats

Stray cats will not be fed. Stray cats will not be fed anything except dry cat food. Stray cats will not be fed anything except dry cat food moistened with a little canned food. Stray cats will not be fed anything except dry cat food moistened with canned food, yummy treats and leftover chicken scraps … Continue reading Strict, Unbending Rules For Dealing With Stray Cats

Adoptable Shih Tzu and Pomeranian Dogs at Citrus Animal Control 7/15

Last month, Citrus County Animal Control seized over 30 small breed dogs. Most are either Shih Tzu or Pomeranians of various size, color and age. These wonderful dogs will be made available for adoption starting at 10am on Saturday, July 15. All adoptions will be completed on a first come, first serve basis and only … Continue reading Adoptable Shih Tzu and Pomeranian Dogs at Citrus Animal Control 7/15

Bald Eagles Featured at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park for July

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will be focusing on the threatened Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), our national bird, during the month of July. Educational exhibits about the Bald eagle will be on display in the Park’s Visitor Center and Discovery Center throughout July. Three mature Bald eagles; Spirit, Homosassa and Summer; an immature … Continue reading Bald Eagles Featured at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park for July

Citrus County Animal Shelter in Need of Donations

Due to an unexpected influx of animals, the Citrus County Animal Shelter is asking the community for help by donating gently used towels, flat sheets and bath mats. These donations will be used to keep the cats and dogs in a clean and comfortable environment. The shelter is located at 4030 S. Airport Road, Inverness. … Continue reading Citrus County Animal Shelter in Need of Donations

When do Dogs need Life Jackets?

The truth is not all dogs can swim and not all those that can are great swimmers. Additionally, water or weather conditions can cause problems, even for a pet that is typically a strong swimmer. Any dog can get fatigued or disoriented, and older dogs, especially, can tire easily. Pets with low body fat can … Continue reading When do Dogs need Life Jackets?

June 23 is release date for the 2017 Federal & Junior Duck Stamps

On June 23, the new Federal and Junior Duck Stamps go on sale — a day that hunters, birders, conservationists and stamp collectors look forward to every year. Born in the dust bowl days, the Duck Stamp was created in 1934 to protect wetlands that are vital to the survival of migratory waterfowl. The act … Continue reading June 23 is release date for the 2017 Federal & Junior Duck Stamps

Pet Therapy Dog Receives 500 Hour Volunteer Pin at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point!

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point announces that its most veteran therapy dog, Mr. McTrouble, was recently awarded his 500-hour volunteer pin by Donna Owen, Manager of Volunteer Services. Mr. McTrouble is a seven year old Sheltie, owned by Chuck Andrews. Mr. McTrouble has been volunteering at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point for four years. He … Continue reading Pet Therapy Dog Receives 500 Hour Volunteer Pin at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point!

Tips for Safe & Fun Boating with Dogs

Summer is here, and it’s time to get the boat out and head for the water. If you enjoy boating, you probably enjoy taking your best friends out on your boat, especially if they happen to have four legs and a tail. The following tips can help you keep your pet safe and happy while … Continue reading Tips for Safe & Fun Boating with Dogs

Learn About Black Bears at the Wildlife Park in June

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will be focusing on Florida’s Black bears during the month of June.  There will be displays and hands-on activities in the Visitor Center and in the Discovery Center throughout the month.  A special program is planned on the theme of Black bears on Thursday, June 15, 2017. The … Continue reading Learn About Black Bears at the Wildlife Park in June

June Pet Holidays

Adopt a Cat Month Adopt a Shelter Cat Month National Pet Preparedness Month Social Petworking Month 2017 Weeks: Pet Appreciation Week – June 4-10, 2017 (First Full Week in June) Take Your Dog to Work Week – June 19-23, 2016 (The Mon-Fri Week Following Father’s Day which is on June 18, 2017) 2017 Days: Hug Your … Continue reading June Pet Holidays