Category Archives: Nature

Crystal River Preserve State Park seeking Volunteers

Join the Crystal River team for the 28th Annual Lakes, Rivers and Coastal Cleanup Raise your hand to volunteer to make a difference for the  environment on Saturday September 16th, 2017.   The Crystal River Preserve State Park is seeking volunteers to join our team and work with Park staff removing debris along a nine mile … Continue reading Crystal River Preserve State Park seeking Volunteers

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?

The Tampa Bay Conservancy Earns National Recognition

Strong Commitment to Public Trust and Conservation Excellence At a time of political change, one thing is clear and consistent: Americans strongly support saving the open spaces they love. Since 2001, the Tampa Bay Conservancy (TBC) has been doing just that for the people of the Tampa Bay area.  Now, the Tampa Bay Conservancy announced … Continue reading The Tampa Bay Conservancy Earns National Recognition

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

Catch a Florida (Fishing) Memory with 10-year-old Katlyn Paul

Summer may be coming to a close, but for 10-year-old Katlyn Paul, this summer was one she’ll never forget. Katlyn submitted 10 different species to the 71-species Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Saltwater Fish Life List, one of three of our Catch a Florida Memory Saltwater Recognition programs. This qualified her for the … Continue reading Catch a Florida (Fishing) Memory with 10-year-old Katlyn Paul

National Hunting and Fishing Day Opportunity

For millions of Americans, time spent hunting and fishing are treasured moments. Hunting and fishing bring family and friends together and provide one of the most immersive outdoor experiences you can have. I’m joining Richard Childress, NASCAR legend and honorary chair for National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF Day), in asking you to share these … Continue reading National Hunting and Fishing Day Opportunity

Floral City Historic Oak Replacement Update

The Floral City Historic Oak Trees Preservation & Replacement Committee met on Tuesday, 18 July at 9:00 a.m. in the Heritage Museum with Citrus County staff from Public Works Department. The purpose was to agree upon a plan of action to initiate the replacement of historic oaks along Floral City’s “Avenue of Oaks.” As a … Continue reading Floral City Historic Oak Replacement Update

Decals available to show support for Florida’s Manatees, Sea Turtles

There are more manatees and sea turtles in Florida than in any other state. More than 6,000 manatees swim in its coastal waters, rivers and freshwater springs, and thousands of sea turtles nest and hatch on its Atlantic and Gulf coast beaches. It’s easy to show support for these iconic Florida species by sticking on … Continue reading Decals available to show support for Florida’s Manatees, Sea Turtles

We’re All Abuzz about Butterflies and Bees at the Wildlife Park in August

Discover the hidden lives of butterflies, moths and bees during the month of August at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. Learn about butterflies and bees through exhibits in the Visitor Center and in the Discovery Center. Two special programs will also be offered, one on “The Importance of Honey Bees” by Master Beekeeper … Continue reading We’re All Abuzz about Butterflies and Bees at the Wildlife Park in August

Chinsegut Conservation Center August Programs

August 3rd                            R-A-W Real Amazing Wildlife: Join professional photographer and photography teacher Alice Herden for a two day workshop on photographing wildlife. The RAW workshops include an informational session on wildlife with biologists and land management professionals. Workshop includes many extras and one-on-one camera instruction. See details and register at https://creative-nature-photography.com. This workshop requires … Continue reading Chinsegut Conservation Center August Programs

Exploring Nature Coast Springs

There is nothing like hopping into a 72-degree spring on a hot, humid day to cool the body and soothe the soul. Florida is graced with many natural springs, providing crystal clear, cool (some would say cold) water and the Nature Coast has a great concentration of these magical geological phenomena. Although we tend to … Continue reading Exploring Nature Coast Springs

Chinsegut Conservation Center July Programs

July 1st 10:00 AM             Family Butterfly Bingo: Join us at the Conservation Center for a round of Butterfly Bingo for kids ages 5-9. Kids can explore the different butterflies and lifecycle of butterflies in this bingo themed scavenger hunt. Kids can then create their own butterfly feeder to take home. There is no cost for … Continue reading Chinsegut Conservation Center July Programs

Pasco County purchases 116 acres of land for conservation

ELAMP acquires land and expands Crews Lake Wilderness Park Pasco County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources is pleased to announce its Environmental Lands Acquisition Program (ELAMP) purchased a total of 116 acres of land for conservation in May, 2017 with the acquisition of the following two properties, nominated by the landowners: On May 3, 2017, … Continue reading Pasco County purchases 116 acres of land for conservation

Mind, Body & Soul Festival to be held at Sertoma Youth Ranch in December

December 7-10 will bring a family friendly, “not under the influence” event to the Nature Coast. The Mind, Body and Soul Festival is a Health and Holistic event featuring live music, camping, 120+ workshops, and the Faerie & Earth Festival on-site at the Sertoma Youth Ranch in Brooksville. Festival promoter, Doug Marris, has brought the … Continue reading Mind, Body & Soul Festival to be held at Sertoma Youth Ranch in December

Hernando County Extension Classes for June

Goodness- Snakes Alive! Friday June 9 @ 10:00 AM Master Gardener Leslie Derrenbacker Participants will learn the natural niche that snakes fill, how to tell a venomous snake from a non-venomous snake and how we can co-exist with our slithery friends. Chinsegut Conservation Center 23212 Lake Lindsey Rd, Brooksville, 34601 Alien Invaders- An Update on … Continue reading Hernando County Extension Classes for June

Chinsegut Conservation Center June Programs

June 2nd 8:00 AM        Road-side Cleanup: If you love Chinsegut, help us keep it clean! From 8:00 AM until we finish Chinsegut staff and volunteers (this could be you) will clean up the litter dumped on the roadside along Snow Memorial Highway. The Center will provide gloves, litter sticks, collection tools, high visibility vests and … Continue reading Chinsegut Conservation Center June Programs

Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park to Reopen May 20

County Park to reopen with limited access on trails Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park will reopen this Saturday, May 20, 2017, although sections of many trails still remain off limits. The park was closed for safety concerns and to provide access to firefighters dealing with the recent wildfire. Here is the latest information from the … Continue reading Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park to Reopen May 20

Paddling Adventure for NatureCoasters: Blazing a new Trail

Kayaking and canoeing are peaceful ways of interacting with nature on the water and getting healthy exercise, without getting too wet. Florida’s Adventure Coast (Hernando County) recently opened a new paddling trail from Bayport Park to Linda Pedersen Park to  give residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy what makes Florida’s Nature Coast such a … Continue reading Paddling Adventure for NatureCoasters: Blazing a new Trail

Pasco’s 4G Wetlands Project wins Environmental Award

Beneficial water reuse project awarded industry’s top state honor Pasco County Utilities is pleased to announce the 4G Wetlands Project has been awarded the industry’s top state honor – The Florida Water Environment Association’s (FWEA) David W. York Award for Reuse Project of the Year! This prestigious award, which recognizes excellence in the use of … Continue reading Pasco’s 4G Wetlands Project wins Environmental Award

May’s Focus is on Wetlands and Wildflowers at the Wildlife Park

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will be highlighting Wetlands and Wildflowers during the month of May when wildflowers are springing up all along our roadsides and in our fields. Exhibits will be on display in the Park’s Visitor Center and in the Discovery Center on this theme. You may ask yourself “What is … Continue reading May’s Focus is on Wetlands and Wildflowers at the Wildlife Park

Celebrate National Wildflower Week with a Photo Walk 5/6

In Celebrating National Wildflower Week, join Nature photographer Alice Mary Herden of Green-Fly Media at Big Pine Tract for a beautiful wildflower photography adventure on Saturday, May 6. Big Pine Tract is another essential area of Chinsegut Wildlife Management Area trail system. This area has a wonderful assortment of wildflowers for nature photographers to photograph.. … Continue reading Celebrate National Wildflower Week with a Photo Walk 5/6

Hernando Beach Wildland Fire continues in the Weekiwachee Preserve

Hernando County Fire Rescue (HCFR) continues to work with the Florida Forest Service and various state and local agencies to contain and control the Water Tower Fire in the Weekiwachee Preserve area of Hernando County. Currently the fire is approximately 1,100 acres in size and approximately 75% contained. The Florida Forest Service has placed a … Continue reading Hernando Beach Wildland Fire continues in the Weekiwachee Preserve

Brazilian Pepper and Lead Tree Removal in Hernando Beach

On April 10, 2017, the Hernando County Department of Public Works in coordination with EarthBalance, an invasive species removal contractor, will begin another phase of removing Brazilian pepper and lead tree plants along right of ways in the Hernando Beach community. This invasive plant removal project will take place starting at Gulf Coast Drive and … Continue reading Brazilian Pepper and Lead Tree Removal in Hernando Beach

Wildlife Park to Host March 25 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 monthly bird walk on Pepper Creek Trail on Saturday, March 25, 2017. An experienced birder from Citrus County Audubon, will lead the walk on this trail–one … Continue reading Wildlife Park to Host March 25 Bird Walk

Swimming with Manatees Adventure

It was 59 degrees when we stepped outside on a brisk February Florida morning. Climbing into the truck before sunrise to head north on the Gulf Highway (Hwy 19), we were on our way to Citrus County to fulfill my son’s Christmas gift to his sister… swimming with manatees. When the Gulf water temperature drops, … Continue reading Swimming with Manatees Adventure

March Nature Programs at Chinsegut Conservation Center

March 3rd 6:00 PM                 Southeastern American Kestrel (SEAK): Regional FWC Kestrel nest box monitoring coordinator Brendan O’Connor is visiting Chinsegut to give a talk on the SEAK and looking to recruit volunteers for this annual citizen science monitoring project. All are welcome for this program. Please register at (352) 754-6722, space is limited. March 4th … Continue reading March Nature Programs at Chinsegut Conservation Center

Help Rid our Parks of Invasive and Exotic Plants 2/28-3/3

Can you spare a few hours to help bring our parks back to native plant health? See details below: Tuesday February 28, 2017 Hernando County, Chinsegut Manor House, 10am-3pm Chinsegut Manor House has seen disturbance for well over 100 years and has had an influx of dozens of invasive species as well as many other … Continue reading Help Rid our Parks of Invasive and Exotic Plants 2/28-3/3

Florida Forest Service releases FLBurnTools app

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and the Florida Forest Service today announced the release of “FLBurnTools,” a new mobile app to inform the public about drought, wildfire danger and wildfire activity. Prescribed burn practitioners can also use the app to plan and submit authorization requests. The “FLBurnTools” app is now available in both … Continue reading Florida Forest Service releases FLBurnTools app

Wildlife Park features Alligators in February

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park’s monthly focus during the month of February will be on the American alligator. Displays will be available in the Visitor Center on US 19 and in the Discovery Center inside the Wildlife Park. Two special programs will be presented on the American alligator. (featured image at top of … Continue reading Wildlife Park features Alligators in February

Live Butterfly Exhibit at the Pasco County Fair

Pasco County Master Gardeners Present ‘Butterflies and Blooms’ The UF/IFAS Pasco County Cooperative Extension Service Master Gardeners will be hosting a live, daily butterfly exhibit at the Pasco County Fair February 20 through February 26, 2017 at the Pasco County Fairgrounds. “Interactive butterfly exhibits, like the one Pasco Master Gardeners produce for the Pasco County … Continue reading Live Butterfly Exhibit at the Pasco County Fair