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July 28, 2021

Nature Calls

Red Tide Notifications
For the latest information on the possibility/status of red tide on Sarasota County public beaches, visit the Red Tide Dashboard at scgov.net/environment/red-tide-status. Notifications are updated daily around 11am. You can also visit https://myfwc.com/research/redtide. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission site is updated daily at 5pm.

Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center (CHEC) Nature Walks
On these casual walks with CHEC volunteers, you will search 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 mask requirements and Covid-19 safety precautions, please contact gerald@checflorida.org. For more information, call 475•0769. Go to www.CHECflorida.org for a complete program calendar.
Monday, July 26, 8am: Join CHEC on a guided walk through the 81-acre Bill Coy/Buck Creek 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 475•0769 to register.
Monday, August 2, 8am: Join CHEC on a guided walk through Tippecanoe II Mitigation Preserve. This 150-acre preserve is home to several families of the threatened Florida scrub jay. Meet in the parking lot at 16259 Joppa Avenue, Port Charlotte. Please call 475•0769 to register.
Friday, August 6, 8am, and Friday, August 20, 8am: Join CHEC on a guided walk through Cedar Point Environmental Park, 2300 Placida Rd. This 115-acre preserve consists mostly of pine flatwoods as well as some areas of scrub, salt marshes, mangrove swamps, and wetlands. Meet in the visitor center. Register at 475•0769.
Monday, August 9, 8am: Join CHEC on a guided walk through the scrub and pine flatwoods of 217-acre Amberjack Environmental Park off Placida Road. Meet at 6250 Gasparilla Pines Blvd (at end of the street). Register at 475•0769.
Monday, August 16, 8am: Join CHEC on a guided walk through 308-acre Tippecanoe Environmental Park, 2400 El Jobean Road. This Charlotte County park includes habitats such as scrub, pine flatwoods, marsh, and wetlands. Meet behind the Charlotte County Sports Park. Call 475•0769 to register.
Monday, August 23, 8am: Join CHEC on a guided walk through the old-growth pine flatwoods and mangrove fringe of 125-acre Oyster Creek/Ann and Chuck Dever Regional Park. Meet at the San Casa entrance at 6790 San Casa Drive. Register at 475•0769.
CHEC Seagrass Wading Trips
Tuesday, August 10, 8am and Tuesday, August 24, 8am: These free seagrass wading adventures offered by CHEC take place in the seagrass beds of Lemon Bay at Cedar Point Environmental Park, 2300 Placida Road. On these guided programs with local experts, you’ll experience a short-guided hike through various ecosystems of the park, and then you will get to wade into the shallow waters of Lemon Bay and use dipnets to sample all the incredible wildlife that lives within the seagrass flats. Prepare for each walk with plenty of water, insect repellent, reef-safe sunscreen (no oxybenzone), and clothing comfortable both for hiking and being in the water. Advance registration is required as trips fill up quickly! Trips are limited to 15 people and fill quickly but a wait list is available for each trip. Register by calling 475•0769. Meet behind the Cedar Point Visitor Center. For more information, call 475•0769 or email gerald@checflorida.org.

The items appearing in this column are as accurate as possible. Please phone the listed numbers for confirmation and further information. If you have an upcoming event you would like to have considered for Nature Calls, please send info and/or photo to The Englewood REVIEW, 370 W Dearborn St, Suite B, Englewood, FL 34223 or englewoodreview@comcast.net.

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