Coastal Cleanup Pasco County

Coastal Cleanup Pasco County. Pasco residents take part in Coastal Cleanup each year. You can too by helping out on Saturday, September 15 at various locations from 8 am to 12 pm (noon). The event hosted by Keep Pasco Beautiful, check out their Facebook page. You can reach out to them to find a location that is close to you; call (727) 856-7252, email them at info@keeppascobeautiful.org. Their website is here.

Coastal Cleanup Pasco County

Coastal Cleanup Pasco County

Photos courtesy of Keep Pasco Beautiful

Keep Pasco Beautiful says:

Keep Pasco Beautiful is partnering with Pasco County to organize the annual International Coastal Cleanup. Each year, volunteers band together to pick up trash along fragile coastal waterways and in Pasco County streets. 

Coastal Cleanup Pasco County
The event attracts hundreds of thousands of volunteers from around the world who spend a few hours removing trash and debris from beaches, lakes, rivers and inland areas, while keeping track of every piece of trash they find. The Ocean Conservancy uses that information to produce an annual country-by-country, state-by-state index of the problem of marine debris.

In 2016 1,372 volunteers picked up 25.36 tons of trash throughout Pasco County.

There will be teams in locations throughout Pasco County. Sites include Anclote Gulf Park and Strauber Memorial Highway in Holiday; the City of New Port Richey; Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park in Port Richey; Hudson Beach in Hudson; Lacoochee; the City of Dade City; Land O’ Lakes; and Wesley Chapel. Supplies such as trash bags and water are provided. Free t-shirts will be given out while supplies last. 

“There are so many people in our community that concerned about the environment,” said Kristen King, Keep Pasco Beautiful Coordinator.

Coastal Cleanup Pasco County is a wonderful thing.

if you really want to help in this wonderful effort to keep Pasco looking great and save our water wildlife, please contact Keep Pasco Beautiful and find a location that is good for you. Be sure to wear lots of sunscreen, mosquito repellent, hat, gloves, and bring water to stay hydrated.

This information brought to you by Toni Weidman. Please contact Keep Pasco Beautiful (contact info above) for any further information. 

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Cardinal In Timber Greens

Cardinal In Timber Greens.  Our little palm tree in front of our home office window in New Port Richey, FL is host to many creatures at various times.

Lately we have had a pretty visitor who I think may have a nest in the bush on the other side of our walkway.  She sits in the tree and seems to be taking a break: The palm tree must be her get-away place.

Cardinal in Timber GreensThis is Mr. Cardinal. Mrs. C’s picture went missing.

I know everyone loves the male Cardinals (me too), but I think the lady Cardinals are just as pretty as their bright red male companions. The girls (being girls)  have soft pink accents and a suede-like look to their brown feathers.  We have lots of cardinals around here and always have a new family being trained by their parents to hunt for food at our feeders.

Cardinal In Timber Greens

I’ve said it before but living in Timber Greens is like living in a wildlife park. And I just love it here.  It is a golf community and is a 55+ community. Of course, you don’t have to be over 55 to play here. Click here for the website.  It’s also a gated community with 24/7 guards.

Homes range from $230,000 to $320,000. There are also duplex style villas that are beautiful with 2 bedrooms, 2 baths and 2 car garages. And, there are also row-style villas available too. 

Finally, the clubhouse and pool are fantastic and the many activities and clubhouse dinners are very popular. Did I mention Timber Greens is gated and we have two guards on duty 24/7.

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Timber Greens.

Take a look at this beautiful Red-Shouldered Hawk.

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Kitten Meets Sandhill Cranes First Time

Kitten Meets Sandhill Cranes First Time. This post was originally written on another blog site several years ago. I thought it was cute and thought I would re-share on WordPress.

Shayna was a kitten (SPCA Suncoast alumni) back a few years ago. And, there were many firsts for her. It was fun watching her react to them. She discovered all kinds of weird and wonderful things; now, of course, they are simply the known and familiar so she sleeps through it all.

We always have a Sandhill Crane family or two around so every year we see them with their youngsters. The Sandhill Crane family includes Mom, Dad and 2 kids wandering around the Timber Greens golf course. One day, Shayna and the Sandhills got up close and personal. Maybe it’s not only beauty that is in the eye of the beholder? 

Kitten Meets Sandhill Cranes

Shayna: Whoa, what are those really strange creatures? And why are they coming over here?

Kitten Meets Sandhill Cranes First Time

Shayna: They are so weird looking.

Papa Sandhill Crane: She thinks we’re weird looking? Somebody get this kitten a mirror!

Kitten Meets Sandhill Cranes First Time

Sandhill Cranes are about 3-4 feet tall when fully grown. The families stay together and usually have 2 babies. Mom and Dad split the child-rearing duties between them. Sandhill Cranes mate for life and if one dies or is killed crossing the busy roads around here, the other mourns for a few weeks by making very loud calls and wandering all over looking for the missing one. If a baby is lost/killed, the whole remaining family mourns.

Kitten Meets Sandhill Cranes First Time

Babies are born with bright yellow feathers and after a couple of months go brown, then develop the gray coloration like their parents; except for the red spot on the head. That doesn’t show until they are 8-9 months old. They grow rapidly from tiny bundles of fluff, and babies stay with the parents until they can fly which takes about 8 or 9 months.

See more Sandhill Cranes and Babies Journey From Fluff to Flight

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Kitten Meets Sandhill Cranes First Time

Brooker Creek Preserve

Brooker Creek Preserve in Tarpon Springs, FL

Brooker Creek Preserve is at the very northern edge of Pinellas County and it is absolutely wonderful.  A nature spot of 8,700 acres that is the largest natural area in Pinellas County;  and consisting primarily of forested wetlands and pine flatwoods.

October 7 is the date of the Wildflower Festival in 2017.

The Preserve is not a park but rather a wilderness area that provides both a refuge for plants and creatures; as well as an opportunity for people to explore the natural beauty of wild Florida in the midst of suburbia.

Brooker Creek Preserve

What Does Brooker Creek have?  You can hike on nature trails, wander around the various buildings that house information about the flora and fauna at the Preserve.  There are boardwalks and trails, 9 miles of equestrian trails, environmental education center, picnic areas, classrooms, a music pavilion, and auditorium.

 


Children love it and there are all kinds of classes to take part in. There are guided tours, and guided hikes, annual events like the Wildflower Festival below.
  

We were there in October for the Wildflower Festival. There was a butterfly tent that was probably the best butterfly exhibit I have seen. The butterflies were very friendly! We even got to feed them.

Brooker Creek Preserve

There are rocking chairs like this out on the porch, you can set a spell after you wander Brooker Creek Preserve.

 

To take a look at all that Brooker Creek Preserve has to offer, click here.  You will be amazed.

Brooker Creek Preserve

Located at 3940 Keystone Road, east of East Lake Road, Tarpon Springs 34688,  it is easy to find. Their phone number is 727-453-6800. To download flyers and pamphlets about the park, click here.

Take the time to visit Brooker Creek Preserve; just the drive in is amazing.; you feel like you are returning to a bit of wilderness and Old Florida. The Preserve protects the Brooker Creek Watershed and is the only stream that enters Lake Tarpon and is a major factor in the water quality of it.

You might want to take a look at unique Beckett Bridge in Tarpon Springs

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Curious Little Blue Herons

Curious Little Blue Herons  both in their actions and how they can walk on bushes.

Why are they Curious Little Blue Herons? Living on the golf course at Timber Greens means we get to see lots of creatures; gators, deer, hawks, and many different birds. The Pithalachascotee River runs in back of the golf course so we have water birds too. I call it my wildlife park. BTW, I don’t call them Little Blue Herons because of their size; that is how they are listed in my Peterson Field Guide (I think because of they are much smaller than Great Blue Herons).

This Little Blue Heron decided he wanted to come in and visit. He was checking out the glass light over our front door. Not much room up there but he managed. There were also some bees buzzing around which may have been his real object.

  

Curious Little Blue Herons

Little Blue Heron later was wandering around on a bush outside the window looking for lizard or bug snacks.  The bush surrounds our air conditioning unit and I was concerned that the unit would come on and scare the feathers off him; so I reset the temperature to keep it from coming on. He just wandered happily around: finally posing on the unit itself giving me a great photo op. He really enjoyed his time dancing around there although I didn’t see him find any snacks.

Little Blue Herons stand about 24″ tall (Great Blues are about 4ft); they are a very pretty slate blue with deep maroon-brown necks, long bills that ware gray with black tips. They feed on fish, frogs, mice, insects and lizards. they are very territorial and chase each other away. They don’t eat seeds or bread.

Curious Little Blue Herons

Curious Little Blue Herons. They do make the oddest noise when they are chasing another bird like an egret or another  Little Blue Heron away from their territory. We’ve named this one Blue Crunky because he’s always chasing some other birds away and makes a crunking noise to scare them.

I think my Curious Little Blue Heron is a cute guy. He has been around for several years now. The reason I think he’s a he is that I have never seen any Little Blues running around after him.

Like Sandhill Cranes, read Journey From Fluff To Flight.

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Ribbon Snake -What Is It

Ribbon Snake -What Is It.  Actually the full name is Southern Ribbon Snake and they can be found all over Florida. Not to worry, they are non-venomous and they eat lots of bugs. Please don’t kill them, just let them pass and enjoy life.

Ribbon Snake -What Is It

Ribbon Snake -What Is It

Ribbon snakes are actually a different form of the Garter snake. Only they are lighter in color, slimmer in shape, and have a white or blue colored stripe on each side.

This one was outside my kitchen window, watching a bug on my plant. It was a windy day and the tree branch kept moving so I couldn’t get a clear shot of his face. But he wandered off into the grass.

We live on the edge of a woods so we see different creatures come and go. I believe they are all part of nature and have a purpose. I’m not afraid of these guys or the black snakes but maybe seeing an Anaconda I might be.

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Ribbon Snake -What Is It

Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

It’s always exciting to see the  Tiger Swallowtail butterfly because it isn’t seen as often as the Monarchs  and Sulphers. This one was enchanted by my Lantana bush. It was hard getting the pictures because butterflies don’t stay still very long especially this one, but we did it.

Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

The sun was glaring down and it washed out the yellow color of the wings;  but he is yellow and black-just like a real Tiger.

For The Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly; According to  Florida Butterfly Gardening by Marc C. & Maria Minno, host plants are trees in the Olive, Magnolia, and Rose families and they inhabit swamps, flatwoods, and hammocks. We have woods behind our home in Timber Greens (a golf community in New Port Richey, FL).

Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

My opinion – invest in a Lantana plant or two if you really want to attract Tiger Swallowtail Butterflies; they all love them. Sometimes we have 15-20 on one bush at the same time. The hummers love them too. So it’s a win-win for all.

See more butterflies at Brooker Creek Preserve

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Alligator Baby Relaxing -Florida

Alligator Baby Relaxing -Florida

Relaxing pond-side the other day in our yard, was this youngster measuring maybe  3-4 feet from the tip of his snout to the tip of his tail. I’m guessing here since I wasn’t going out there with a measuring tape.

Why wouldn’t I, you ask? Even a 3 foot alligator has a mouthful of very sharp teeth. I was surprised the egret was so close to him-very brave of him.. The gator didn’t like us taking his picture (maybe he was afraid), and slid back into the pond and submerged himself. We have a series of culverts running from one pond to another in Timber Greens where I live. The gators travel around them like a super-highway.

Alligator Baby Relaxing -Florida

An Alligator Baby Relaxing in Florida is always fun to see. Did you know that alligators are native only to the US and China. They live in freshwater, wetlands and swamps. The gators jaw can clamp down powerfully, but they actually have trouble opening that jaw.  Good to know. Gators have poor eye-site and detect their prey through vibrations on the water.

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Hawks In Timber Greens,New Port Richey FL

Hawks In Timber Greens New Port Richey, FL. Our Red-shouldered Hawks came to visit again. The first picture is Mr. Hawk who was on our outside light, it was raining earlier and he looks a little damp.

Hawks in Timber Greens

Hawks In Timber Greens,New Port Richey FL

 

Meanwhile, I think this is Mrs. Hawk because she’s darker than him with less pretty white and brown spots on front. She was sitting up in the tree, looking down at my cat on the porch. I think she was contemplating a snack. She stayed there quite a while too (even when I went out to take her picture after putting the cat in the house). She just gave me that Hawk-eye and then decided I was much too big for her to eat.

Hawks In Timber Greens,New Port Richey FL
We live in Timber Greens on the golf course. It’s a 55+, gated and  guarded golf community. It’s  beautiful and just like living in a wildlife park. We see deer, all types of birds, raccoons, and even an alligator at our pond.
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Hawks In Timber Greens, New Port Richey FL