Saturday, September 25, 2010

Nature Walks and Talks for October in Sarasota County

Strenuous Bike Hikes at the T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve Led by Larry Robbins

Looking for experienced adult off-road bicyclists that are physically fit! Not for the faint of heart! Larry Robbins from Friends of the Carlton Reserve will lead you on a strenuous bike adventure through the beautiful but rugged T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve on Sunday, October 3, 2010 from 8:00 am for approximately 3 to 5 hours. Expect to see lots of wildlife!

The T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve was purchased in the 1980's for public water supply source and for conservation/ recreation purposes.

Participants should bring their own (Off road/mountain trail type) bicycle with wide tires, spare tube, bike helmet (required for all participants), sun glasses, sun screen, insect repellent, snack, and plenty of drinking water.

To reach the reserve located at 1800 Mabry Carlton Parkway in Venice, drive south from Sarasota along I-75 to Exit 193 (Jacaranda Boulevard). Turn left (North) at the exit and then right again at the next intersection (Border Road). Drive 2 ½ miles to the next intersection and turn left at the Carlton Reserve's entrance. Follow signs to parking lot.

You MUST be an experienced ADULT off-road bicyclist and physically fit! NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART! Rain or shine, mud or sand, Larry is ready to go! Space for this walk is limited to 6 participants. Reservations are required and should be secured by calling Larry Robbins at 941-544-0555. He will also provide you the area to meet.

If you would like more information regarding the Environmentally Sensitive Lands Protection Program (ESLPP) and/or the T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve, please go to www.scgov.net<http://www.scgov.net>, County A to Z, Natural Lands, or contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000 and ask for Natural Resources.



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Fall Wildflowers are in Bloom at South Venice Lemon Bay Preserve

Explore South Venice Lemon Bay Preserve with Sarasota County volunteers and Florida Native Plant Society members Al Squires and Denny Girard on Wednesday, October 6, 2010 from 9 - 11 AM. Denny and Al will introduce you to fall wildflowers while sharing information about native vegetation. You will pass through a brackish water wetland, a high salinity mangrove area, scrub, flatwoods, and coastal woodlands bordering Lemon Bay.

South Venice Lemon Bay Preserve is one of many public lands that are available to the public through the Environmentally Sensitive Lands Protection Program. In addition to the numerous subtropical plants, the preserve supports nesting bald eagles, Florida scrub jays and gopher tortoises, all protected animal species.

Participants may bring binoculars, sun screen, insect repellent, drinking water and camera (optional), and wear a hat and comfortable walking shoes for wet and sandy soil conditions.

You may reach South Venice Lemon Bay Preserve by taking I -75 to Exit 193 (Jacaranda Blvd.). At the end of the exit ramp, turn south onto Jacaranda Boulevard and drive approximately 5.2 miles. At the "T" intersection of Jacaranda Blvd. and Englewood Road (State Road 776), turn left (south). Drive approximately 1.5 miles and turn west on to Manasota Beach Road. Continue about a mile until the road curves left. At the curve turn right onto Belvidere Road. Next turn right onto Pheasant Road, then left onto Macon Road, and right on Osprey Road. Turn left onto Ocelot Road and park near the end of the street. Meet at the intersection of Ocelot and Phorus Roads.

Register on-line at www.scgov.net<http://www.scgov.net>. Click Calendar of Events on the left. Click the 'All Events' drop down list, choose 'Nature Walks', click 'Go' and choose your event. Follow the directions for registration. Space for this walk is limited to 20.

If you are having problems with on-line registration, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000 and ask for Natural Resources.

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Nature in the Watershed hike at Myakka Islands Point in Pt. Charlotte

The public is invited to participate in a guided hike at Myakka Islands Point in Pt. Charlotte on Friday, October 8 at 9 am. This 2+ mile hike will take visitors through pine flatwoods and along the beautiful Myakka River. While exploring this environmental jewel, participants may observe species such as American kestrels and swallow-tailed kites, as well as a variety of wading birds, amphibians and various wetland plants. The natural communities in this unique preserve are the Myakka River, tidal salt marsh, tidal mangrove swamp, scrubby pine flatwoods, tropical hammock and slash pine flatwoods.

This 100-acre preserve was purchased by Sarasota County in 2006 with the
assistance of the Florida Communities Trust. The region has historic associations with fishing, navigable waterways and Native American culture.

Guided hikes are organized and conducted by the Charlotte Harbor Environmental
Center (CHEC), a non-profit organization serving the community with environmental
education, recreation, research and preservation. Funding for this hike is provided by the
Manasota and Peace River Basin Boards of the Southwest Florida Water Management
District.

Further information, directions and registration can be obtained by calling (941)
475-0769.
Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center, Inc.
Cedar Point Environmental Park, PO Box 5197, Englewood, FL 34224, (941) 475-0769

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"What Bug is THAT?" - A guided insect identification walk at Sleeping Turtles Preserve North

Sarasota County is offering a guided insect identification nature walk at Sleeping Turtles Preserve North in Venice from 9:00 - 11:00 AM on Friday, October 22, 2010. Retired Sarasota County Entomologist Dr. Fred Santana will lead participants through pine flatwoods, oak scrub and other habitats found on site.

This preserve is one of many that are available to the public through the Environmentally Sensitive Lands Protection Program. In addition to the numerous subtropical plants, visitors may observe eagles or osprey hunting over the river corridor.

Participants should wear long pants, comfortable walking shoes, and bring a hat, sun screen, insect repellent, drinking water, binoculars (optional), camera and a hand lens or magnifying glass (optional).

Participants can reach the Sleeping Turtles Preserve North from northbound I-75, take exit 193 and turn right. From southbound I-75 take exit 193 and turn left. Proceed north 1/2 mile on Jacaranda Blvd. to the stop sign and turn right onto Border Road. Proceed approximately 3 miles east on Border Road to the bridge over the Myakka River. As you approach the bridge, the Sleeping Turtles Preserve North parking lot will be on the left (north side), immediately before the bridge.

Register on-line at www.scgov.net<http://www.scgov.net>. Click Calendar of Events on the left. Click the 'All Events' drop down list, choose 'Nature Walks' and click 'go'. On the bottom of each nature walk is an area that states 'Click here for registration.' Space for this walk is limited to 20.

If you are having problems with on-line registration, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000 and ask for Natural Resources.

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Pine Flatwoods Guided hike at Deer Prairie Creek Preserve in Venice

The public is invited to participate in a guided hike at Deer Prairie Creek Preserve in Venice on Friday, October 22 at 9 am. This 2 to 3 mile hike will take visitors through pine flatwoods, a small relic scrub, and mixed hardwood hammocks to the beautiful Myakka River. Participants may observe wildlife and wildflowers while learning about the history and natural resources of the area.

This 6,400-acre preserve is a part of a joint acquisition between Southwest Florida Water Management District and Sarasota County. The depression marshes and wetlands provide essential habitat while improving water quality.

This guided hike is organized and conducted by the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center (CHEC), a non-profit organization serving the community with environmental education, recreation, research and preservation. Funding for this hike is provided by the Manasota and Peace River Basin Boards of the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

Further information, directions and registration can be obtained by calling (941) 475-0769.

Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center, Inc.
Cedar Point Environmental Park, PO Box 5197, Englewood, FL 34224, (941) 475-0769

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Experience birding diversity at the T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve with Charlie Sample

Calling all birding enthusiasts! Join Venice Audubon Society and Friends of the Carlton member Charlie Sample as he leads you on a birding nature walk adventure on Saturday, October 23, from 7:30 am - noon. Be amazed by the vast array of bird species and nature found at the beautiful T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve. You won't be disappointed! The birding outing consists of a short walk around the Park area followed by a carpool trek into the Carlton backcountry with stops along the way to locate birds.

The T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve located at 1800 Mabry Carlton Parkway in Venice was purchased in the 1980's for public water supply source and for conservation/ recreation purposes.

Participants should wear comfortable sturdy walking shoes (that can possibly get wet), hat or visor, sun screen, insect repellent, plenty of drinking water, and binoculars (a must!), field bird guide and camera (optional).

To reach the reserve, drive south from Sarasota along I-75 to Exit 193 (Jacaranda Boulevard). Turn left (North) at the exit and then right again at the next intersection (Border Road). Drive 2 ½ miles to the next intersection and turn left at the Carlton Reserve's entrance. Follow signs to parking lot. Participants should meet at the parking lot at 7:30 am for an adventure in nature!

Space for this walk is unlimited and no reservations are necessary. For beginning birders to expert, however, young children under 12 are not encouraged because of the distance covered.
If you would like more information regarding the Environmentally Sensitive Lands Protection Program (ESLPP) and/or the T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve, please go to www.scgov.net<http://www.scgov.net>, County A to Z, choose Natural Lands, or contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000 and ask for Natural Resources.

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"Insects Out There - What Bug is THAT?" Insect ID walk at Red Bug Slough Preserve

Sarasota County is offering a guided insect identification nature walk at Red Bug Slough Preserve from 9:00 - 11:00 AM on Friday, October 29, 2010. Retired Sarasota County Entomologist Dr. Fred Santana will lead participants through pine flatwoods, oak hammock and other habitats found on site.

Red Bug Slough Preserve is one of many natural areas available through the county's environmental lands program. In addition to a wide variety of native plant species, the preserve also provides habitat for river otters, bobcats and various species of wading birds.

Participants should wear long pants, comfortable walking shoes that can get wet, and bring a hat, sun screen, insect repellent, drinking water, binoculars (optional), camera and a hand lens or magnifying glass, if possible.

To get to Red Bug Slough Preserve, take I -75 to Exit 205 (S.R. 72 or Clark Road). Go west on Clark Road to Beneva Road and turn right onto Beneva. Continue north on Beneva Road until you reach the preserve parking lot, located west of Beneva Road. Turn left and park in designated spaces.

Register on-line at www.scgov.net<http://www.scgov.net>. Click Calendar of Events on the left. Click the 'All Events' drop down list, choose 'Nature Walks' and click 'go'. On the bottom of each nature walk is an area that states 'Click here for registration.' Space for this walk is limited to 20.

If you are having problems with on-line registration, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000 and ask for Natural Resources.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Sheriff announces drop boxes for drugs

Permanent Pharmaceutical Drop Boxes Installed

Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight today announced the installation of permanent pharmaceutical drop boxes to give citizens the opportunity to turn in controlled substances and unused or expired prescription medications year-round.
The drop boxes are located in the lobby of the Criminal Justice Center, 2071 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, which is open 24-hours a day, and at the south county office, 4531 State Road 776, Venice, where the lobby hours are 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
When the Sheriff’s Office launched its Pharmaceutical Diversion Investigative Unit last year it held Operation Medicine Cabinet® throughout the county. The successful turn-in event underscored the need for permanent drop boxes.
At today’s unveiling in Venice, Sheriff Knight also announced the expansion of the investigative unit. “A North Port Police Department detective has joined our Pharmaceutical Diversion team full-time,” said Sheriff Knight. “Resource-sharing is an efficient and effective way to attack the prescription drug abuse problem and I’m grateful to Chief Terry Lewis for the assistance.”
This weekend, the Sheriff’s Office will participate in the National Take-Back initiative organized by the US Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration. On Saturday, September 25th, both drop box locations will have additional staffing from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Medication turn-in is always anonymous. Prescription and over the counter solid dosage medications such as tablets and capsules are accepted. Intra-venous solutions, injectable medication and needles are some of the items that are not allowed.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Florida Housing Help Oct. 2 and more...

From Community Connections:

Public Invited to Legacy Trail Trestle Opening Tuesday, Sept. 21
Bridge over lovely waterFamily-oriented activities will mark the official opening of the Dona Bay and Roberts Bay trestles on Tuesday, Sept. 21, on the Legacy Trail. The trestles have been the missing links in the county's premier recreational trail. (MORE) 








Florida Housing Help Workshop Oct. 2
FamilyFlorida Housing Help is designed to educate and assist families facing foreclosure. The workshop will include opportunities to meet with mortgage
lenders, HUD-certified housing counselors, local housing authorities, legal assistance, credit counseling services, and many other foreclosure assistance programs. (MORE)







Avoid mistaking algae blooms for oil
Algae bloom, NOT oil
The Deepwater Horizon oil well is capped and oil is no longer leaking into the Gulf of Mexico. Despite the fact that oil from the accident never reached the beaches of Sarasota County, residents and visitors remain vigilant watching for foreign matter in the water. Sarasota County Environmental and Emergency Services staff have responded to numerous calls of reported oil in the water that turned out to be mostly algae.



Pick Your Own Fruit

With the onset of Autumn people will be out harvesting. Here's a site with lots of places around Florida where you can pick fruits or veggies, sorted by region. It had only one place in Sarasota County - anyone know of any more?


Sarasota County

  • Fruitville Grove inc. - Pick Oranges from their trees, restrooms, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, picnic area, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours
    7410 Fruitville rd, Sarasota, FL 34240. Phone: 941-377-0896. Email: fruitvillegrove@aol.com. Open: Monday to Saturday from 9am-6pm. Directions: See their website for directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, SFMNP Vouchers .  (Suggested by a visitor, ADDED: September 08, 2010)
    A visitor writes on September 08, 2010: "They grow non certified organic citrus have a playground and animal farm for the children while you shop in their farmers market. They have a beautiful assortment of fresh fruits and veggies: many of which are locally grown. They have an annual pumpkin festival which has been running for 21 years. It is free admission and free parking and have lots of free activities for the kids! Great family fun for no fee! Very clean and compassionate. They helped pick me out a fresh watermelon, and assisted any seasonal questions I had about produce. They were very helpful and knowledgeable. The animals were sweet and came to the fence to eat from my hand."
  • The only other PYO in Sarasota County I knew of in Sarasota County, Fancee Farms, closed in 2008!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Coastal Cleanup Coming Up

Sarasota County seeks volunteers for Coastal Cleanup on Sept. 25

Sarasota County is seeking sponsors and volunteers to help clean coastal and other areas during the 2010 International Coastal Cleanup, 8 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Sept. 25 at sites throughout Sarasota County.
 
"This is one of our most popular events every year because so much of the Sarasota community lifestyle revolves around the beaches. It has gotten so big that the cleanup effort has begun to move to many inland waterways as well," said Sandra Washington, Keep Sarasota County Beautiful manager.
The International Coastal Cleanup is the world's largest one-day volunteer effort that supports the marine environment, according to Washington.

The cleanup will include coastal areas and interior sites at a number of locations. For more information on volunteering or sponsorship opportunities for the Keep Sarasota County Beautiful Coastal Cleanup contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000 or visit www.scgov.net, keyword KSCB.
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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Literacy at Oscar Scherer Park and County Newsletter

IF you're wondering what to do today...



Celebrate Adult and Family Literacy Month at Oscar Scherer State Park
Make reading second nature and celebrate Adult and Family Literacy Month at Oscar Scherer State Park,from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11.
 
Fun, free, family activities and free admission by showing a library card or library book or by donating a gently used book. For more information click here. 
 



By the way, this and more info comes to emails in the form of a very nicely designed weekly newsletter entitled Community Connections from the County - you can subscribe for free:


Greetings! 

Welcome to Sarasota County Community Connections eNewsletter. We hope that you will tell family, friends and neighbors about this great new free service provided by Sarasota County. Contact us if you have questions, ideas for featured articles, or feedback on the new system at e-mail pubcom@scgov.net.

 

Friday, September 10, 2010

Notes from the September LSCG Meeting: Update

Several items of interest came up. (I was unable to attend, and this is pieced together from those there (thanks!). If anything else of importance is not here, please let me know (lakesarasota @ gmail.com))



Crime is up

UPDATE: Ted provided actual stats from the August crime report, see below:
I got the August '10 Sheriff's Dept. report in time to present it at the meeting. Here it is in summary.

There were 19 incidents reported for the month: 3 vandalism incidents, 6 burglaries, 9 thefts (mostly auto), and one juvenile disturbance. Sixteen reported incidents occurred during two time periods: eight between the 11th and the 19th, and eight between the 23rd and 28th. By day of the week: Monday-2, Tuesday-3, Wednesday-7, Thursday-2, Friday-3, Saturday-1, and Sunday-1. By street: Allen-1, Berkshire-2, Bikini-2, Jarvis-1, Java-1, Lago-1, Lancaster-5, Mauna Loa-1, Palau-2, Samoa-1, Tarawa-1, and Westminster-1.

The Lancaster incidents consisted of four thefts and one burglary. The following addresses were affected: 4062 (theft, 8/19, 7:44 p.m.); 4277 (burglary, 8/24, 1:41 p.m.); 3949 (theft, 8/25, 11:55 a.m.) 4043 (theft, 8/27, 6:47 p.m., and 3955 (theft, 8/28, 2:56 p.m.). With one notable exception (vandalism, 8/13, 3:18 a.m.), the crime incidents are daylight occurrences, reported when someone returning home from an errand or work notices "something wrong." Over half the incidents were reported between 4 and 10 p.m.

Based on this analysis of data, the most likely time a theft or burglary might occur would be a Wednesday during the middle or the last week of the month between 8 a.m and 6 p.m. along Lancaster Drive between the 3900 and the 4300 blocks.

Also:

A resident has reported that several mail boxes have been destroyed around Luzon, and a number of people had solar lights stolen from their yards.

FallFest planned

The Board voted to do the "adopt a family" again this year for Christmas. With only $790.00 in our treasury we decided we really need to have a fund raiser so we could afford that project. It was decided to have a Fallfest on November 6th. Ellie is to talk with Sandy and organize it. Possibly have a fishing contest for kids, Kayak rental, Raffles throughout the day, hamburgers & hot dogs. Renee is making a sign to post on our front entrance bulletin board.

Talk Scheduled for Nov.

A Workshop on Identity Theft has been scheduled for the November 11th meeting.

November Garage Sale

The annual community garage sale is coming up in November - we need to pick a date - Sandy is coordinating. Flyers will need to be done

Medians are our responsibility

Ted asked us to note that the maintenance (not the mowing of grass) of Lake Sarasota's medians is the responsibility of the neighborhood -- including things like the ant infestation and the weeds growing in the mulch around the trees.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:30 PM. All ideas and suggestions are needed and welcome!

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

LSCG Meets Thursday


The Lake Sarasota Community Group meets Thursday at 7 p.m., at Sarasota Alliance Church. Besides the usual items, there will be some planning of future events, including the Neighborhood November Garage Sale. Try to make the meeting. Also, Ted needs volunteers for Citizens Patrol for this week and next. 941 379-075.

Friday, September 03, 2010

September Nature Events

We are pleased to offer our nature events for the month of September. Please read each press release below for the date, time, location, directions and registration information.
Thank you volunteer guides and staff! Stay safe and stay cool!
ON-LINE REGISTRATION - Go to www.scgov.net. Click Calendar of Events on the left. Click the 'All Events' drop down, choose 'Nature Walks' and click 'go'. Scan the calendar for the event and date of your choice and click. Towards the bottom of each nature walk event is information with either a bolded area to click for on-line registration, supplying your name, email and phone number or a contact person and phone number to call for registration. (Please note: Your registration information will not be shared and will be used only for contact purposes for the event of inclement weather or walk cancelation only.)
Please, remember to respect our fellow participants, animals, lands and air space. To further enhance the experience at Sarasota County's environmentally sensitive lands, please help us with picking up and properly disposing of litter, respecting others experience with no cell phone usage, and please, no smoking. Thank you!
If you do not wish to receive this email, please contact Natural Resources at 861-6230 to be removed. Thanks!
Enjoy the experience!

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Media Contact: Debby Zeilman, 861-6222, dzeilman@...
Strenuous Bike Hikes at the T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve Led by Larry Robbins
Looking for experienced adult off-road bicyclists that are physically fit! Not for the faint of heart! Larry Robbins from Friends of the Carlton Reserve will lead you on a strenuous bike adventure through the beautiful but rugged T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve on Sunday, September 5, 2010 from 8:00 am for approximately 3 to 5 hours. Expect to see lots of wildlife!
The T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve was purchased in the 1980's for public water supply source and for conservation/ recreation purposes.
Participants should bring their own (Off road/mountain trail type) bicycle with wide tires, spare tube, bike helmet (required for all participants), sun glasses, sun screen, insect repellent, snack, and plenty of drinking water.
To reach the reserve located at 1800 Mabry Carlton Parkway in Venice, drive south from Sarasota along I-75 to Exit 193 (Jacaranda Boulevard). Turn left (North) at the exit and then right again at the next intersection (Border Road). Drive 2 ½ miles to the next intersection and turn left at the Carlton Reserve’s entrance. Follow signs to parking lot.                                                       
You MUST be an experienced ADULT off-road bicyclist and physically fit! NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART! Rain or shine, mud or sand, Larry is ready to go! Space for this walk is limited to 6 participants.Reservations are required and should be secured by calling Larry Robbins at 941-544-0555. He will also provide you the area to meet.
If you would like more information regarding the Environmentally Sensitive Lands Protection Program (ESLPP) and/or the T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve, please go to www.scgov.net, County A to Z, Natural Lands, or contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000 and ask for Natural Resources.
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Take a Walk on the West Side of Manasota Scrub Preserve
Plants, animals? Rosemary scrub!  Learn why it’s named Manasota Scrub Preserve. Enjoy a leisurely walk on the west side of the preserve exploring regions seldom traveled by the regular visitors. It’s a nature walk at Manasota Scrub Preserve, in Englewood, Wednesday, September 8, 2010 from 9-11 a.m., when amateur botanists and Florida Native Plant Society members Denny Girard & Al Squires will show plant detectives where to find the rosemary thriving within the preserve.
The preserve is one of many public lands that are available through Sarasota County’s Environmentally Sensitive Lands Protection Program. In addition to numerous subtropical plants, visitors may hear the great-horned owl or northern quail, or view coasting eagles and red-tailed hawks overhead.
Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a light jacket, a hat, sun screen, insect repellent, drinking water, binoculars (optional), camera and hand lens (optional).
Participants can reach Manasota Scrub Preserve, 2695 Bridge St., Englewood by taking I -75 to Exit 193 (Jacaranda Boulevard). At the end of the exit ramp, turn south onto Jacaranda Boulevard and drive approximately 5.2 miles. Turn left at the “T” intersection of Jacaranda Blvd. and Englewood Road (State Road 776). Drive approximately 1.5 miles and turn west on to Manasota Beach Road, then south (left) on Bridge Street. The parking lot will be on your left.

Register on-line at www.scgov.net. Click Calendar of Events on the left. Click the 'All Events' drop down list, choose 'Nature Walks', and choose your event. Follow the instructions within the registration form. Space for this walk is limited to 20.
If you are having problems with on-line registration, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000 and ask for Natural Resources.
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“What Bug is THAT?” – A guided insect identification walk at Curry Creek Preserve
Sarasota County is offering a guided insect identification nature walk at Curry Creek Preserve in Venice from 9 – 11 AM on Wednesday, September 8, 2010. Retired Sarasota County Entomologist Dr. Fred Santana will lead participants through pine flatwoods, oak scrub and other habitats found on site.
Curry Creek Preserve is one of many natural areas available through the county’s environmental lands program. In addition to a wide variety of native plant species, the preserve also provides habitat for gopher tortoises, bobcats and a large assortment of bird species.
Participants should wear long pants, comfortable walking shoes, and bring a hat, sun screen, insect repellent, drinking water, binoculars (optional), camera and a hand lens or magnifying glass (optional).
Participants can get to the Pinebrook Road  EAST entrance to Curry Creek Preserve by taking I -75 to Exit 195 (Laurel Road). Go west on Laurel Road for approximately 0.3 miles and turn left at the traffic light onto Pinebrook Road heading south. Go 1.5 miles passing the traffic light at Edmondson Road and look for the preserve sign on the right. Slightly before you get to the preserve sign, turn right into the driveway directly across from Water Street and then bear left onto preserve property. Park on the grass to the south of the preserve sign and entrance. Participants will gather for the walk at the cable gate entrance.
Register on-line at www.scgov.net. Click Calendar of Events on the left. Click the 'All Events' drop down list, choose 'Nature Walks', and choose your event. Follow the instructions for registration.  Space for this walk is limited to 20.
If you are having problems with on-line registration, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000 and ask for Natural Resources.
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Enjoy Fall’s Splendor at Manasota Scrub Preserve
September is great time of year to observe the variety of wildflowers and grasses in their fall splendor. On Wednesday, September 22 from 9 – 11 AM, come explore the less traveled paths of Manasota Scrub Preserve with Nancy Edmondson, Environmental Specialist with Sarasota County Natural Resources. Guests will enjoy a limited opportunity to visit the rosemary scrub on the west side of Bridge Street along with gazing at lavender blazing stars, scrub spurges, creamy jointweeds and golden Indian grasses, just to name a few of the many plants and fall wildflowers we expect to see.
Manasota Scrub Preserve is one of many public lands that are available to the public through the Environmentally Sensitive Lands Protection Program. In addition to the numerous subtropical plants, the preserve supports a variety of resident and migratory birds, mammals and gopher tortoises.
Participants can reach Manasota Scrub Preserve, 2695 Bridge St., Englewood by taking I -75 to Exit 193 (Jacaranda Boulevard). At the end of the exit ramp, turn south onto Jacaranda Boulevard and drive approximately 5.2 miles. Turn left at the “T” intersection of Jacaranda Blvd. and Englewood Road (State Road 776).  Drive approximately 1.5 miles and turn west on to Manasota Beach Road, then south (left) on Bridge Street. The parking lot will be on your left.
Register on-line at www.scgov.net. Click Calendar of Events on the left. Click the 'All Events' drop down list, choose 'Nature Walks', and choose your event. Follow the instructions for registration.  Space for this walk is limited to 20.
If you are having problems with on-line registration, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000 and ask for Natural Resources.
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Fall Bird Walk at Curry Creek Preserve
Sarasota County is offering a birding nature walk at Curry Creek Preserve in Venice (west entrance) on Saturday, September 25, 2010 from 9 – 11 AM. Audubon Society members Tom and Connie Plaskett will lead participants on a guided bird walk through the oak hammocks and along the edge of tidal marsh areas found on site.

Curry Creek Preserve is one of many natural areas available through Sarasota County’s Environmentally Sensitive Lands Protection Program. In addition to a wide variety of native plant species, the preserve also provides habitat for gopher tortoises, bobcats and a wide variety of bird species.
Participants should wear long pants, comfortable walking shoes, a light jacket, sunscreen and a hat, and bring insect repellent, drinking water, binoculars (optional), camera and hand lens (optional).
Participants can reach Curry Creek Preserve’s WEST ENTRANCE OFF ALBEE FARM ROADby taking I -75 to Exit 195 (Laurel Road). Go west on Laurel Road approximately 1.5 miles and turn left on to Albee Farm Road. Head south on Albee Farm Road approximately 1.4 miles to the preserve entrance located on the left at 1075 Albee Farm Road. Pass the entrance and make a U-turn at the following median cut. Park in the preserve’s designated parking lot.
Register on-line at www.scgov.net. Click Calendar of Events on the left. Click the 'All Events' drop down list, choose 'Nature Walks', and choose your event. Follow the instructions for registration. Space for this walk is limited to 20.
If you are having problems with on-line registration, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000 and ask for Natural Resources.
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Experience birding diversity at the T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve with Charlie Sample
Calling all birding enthusiasts! Join Venice Audubon Society and Friends of the Carlton member Charlie Sample as he leads you on a birding nature walk adventure on Sunday, September 26, from 7:30 am – noon. Be tantalized and wowed by the vast array of bird species and nature found at the beautiful T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve. You won’t be disappointed! The birding outing consists of a short walk around the Park area followed by a carpool trek into the Carlton backcountry with stops along the way to locate birds.
The T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve located at 1800 Mabry Carlton Parkway in Venice was purchased in the 1980's for public water supply source and for conservation/ recreation purposes.
Participants should wear comfortable sturdy walking shoes (that can possibly get wet), hat or visor, sun screen, insect repellent, plenty of drinking water, and binoculars (a must!), field bird guide and camera (optional).
To reach the reserve, drive south from Sarasota along I-75 to Exit 193 (Jacaranda Boulevard). Turn left (North) at the exit and then right again at the next intersection (Border Road). Drive 2 ½ miles to the next intersection and turn left at the Carlton Reserve’s entrance. Follow signs to parking lot. Participants should meet at the parking lot at 7:30 am for an adventure in nature!
                                                          
Space for this walk is unlimited and no reservations are necessary.  For beginning birders to expert, however, young children under 12 are not encouraged because of the distance covered.
If you would like more information regarding the Environmentally Sensitive Lands Protection Program (ESLPP) and/or the T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve, please go to www.scgov.net, County A to Z, choose Natural Lands, or contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000 and ask for Natural Resources.
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Here is your opportunity to give back to Sarasota County's
 beautiful lands that you visit and enjoy. 
Volunteers are needed

for the 17th Annual National Public Lands Day

Saturday, September 25, 2010 
9 a.m. - noon 
Sarasota County is celebrating the 17th Annual National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 25th. We are looking for volunteers to participate and lead the work force to remove exotic plant species, collect debris and paint a concrete wall. Below is information regarding the site and activities. To learn more about NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY, read below or visit www.publiclandsday.org or www.npld.com.

Interested in volunteering?
Please call 941-861-5000 to register.
Where: Indian Mound Park
Address:  210 Winson Ave., Englewood, FL 34223
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2010
Time:  9 AM – Noon (arrive no later than 8:45 AM)
What: To improve trails, remove nuisance invasive plants and collect debris from river's edge
Wear: field appropriate clothes, closed-toe and closed-heel shoes such as hiking boots or old sneakers that may get wet, sunblock, hat (optional), sunglasses (optional).
Bring: Gardening gloves and water will be provided. Participants should bring their own hand tools, such as clippers and shears extra water and bug spray.

National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands American’s enjoy. In 2009, more than 150,000 volunteers across the country built bridges and trails, improved habitat for wildlife, planted trees, removed invasive plants that threaten fragile natives, protected natural, historic and cultural resources …and much more. Volunteers worked in parks and forests, at rivers, lakes, and wetlands, at cultural and historic sites and in their own neighborhoods.
This year, thousands of volunteers in every state will put their hands to work in a coast-to-coast effort to improve and enhance our treasured lands. From Plymouth Rock to the Golden Gate, the Rockies, the Gulf shores, the Everglades …volunteers will join this national day of caring for their lands.
National Public Lands Day:

*         Educates Americans about critical environmental and natural resources issues and the need for shared stewardship of these valued, irreplaceable lands;
*         Builds partnerships between the public sector and the local community based upon mutual interests in the enhancement and restoration of America's public lands;
*         Improves public lands for outdoor recreation, with volunteers assisting land managers in hands-on work.

One out of every three acres of America's land - 600 million acres - is public land. And when you get your hands dirty on National Public Lands Day you help spruce up your beautiful lands. This year's national goal is to have 170,000 volunteers at 2,300 public land sites. 1/3 of America's land is yours. Consider spending 1/365 of your time preserving it.
Thanks in advance for your time and support!
 Hope to see you at Indian Mound Park on National Public Lands Day!
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2010 International Coastal Cleanup
VOLUNTEERS WANTED
To register for the 2010 Sarasota County Coastal Cleanup:
Deadline Tuesday, Sept. 7,
Please contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000 and ask about the Coastal Cleanup. There are several cleanup locations to choose from.
Saturday, Sept. 25
Rain date: Saturday, Oct. 2
8 a.m.-noon
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Deborah Zeilman
Program Specialist
Sarasota County Government
Environmental Resource Management
Natural Resources
1301 Cattlemen Rd., Bldg A, 2nd Floor
Sarasota, FL 34232
Phone 941-861-6222 Fax 941-861-6280
dzeilman@...

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"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks."
           - John Muir