|The Paul A. & Veronica H. Gross Wildlife Center of Southwest Florida announces that they are now operating out of their new facility at 925 N. Jackson Road, Venice. The wildlife rescue takes in injured, orphaned, and sick animals from Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, and Manatee counties. Already this year they have taken in 200 more animals compared to last year this time. Your donations are greatly needed to provide for care and feeding of all the wildlife treated at the wildlife rescue rehabilitation facility with the goal of being released back into the wild. Visit them at https://wildlifeswfl.org for more information and to donate. If you have found an animal that needs help, call 484•9657 (after hours emergency line: 416•4967.) Above is a photo of a fawn that is now in their care. Someone backed over him with a truck and fractured his back leg. His recovery is going slowly but making progress.|
Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center and the Charlotte County Natural Resource Department will be conducting the following free programs open to the public. All programs can be found at www.ChecFlorida.org. 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 for all walks. For more information or to register, call 475•0769. All participants are required to wear face masks.
Sunday, May 16, 9am. - Join CHEC on a guided walk through Tippecanoe II Mitigation Area, Joppa Ave, Port Charlotte. This 150-acre preserve is home to several families of the threatened Florida scrub jays. Meet in the parking lot.
Wednesday, May 19, 9 am – Come along with CHEC on this guided walk through the 81-acre Bill Coy/Buck Creek Preserve, 5350 Placida Road. The scrubby flatwoods and mangrove swamp border Buck Creek, which flows into Lemon Bay. Meet in the parking lot.
Wednesdays: May 19, May 26 at 9am – Join CHEC on a guided hike through Cedar Point Environmental Park, 2300 Placida Road. 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 parking lot nearest to the visitor center.
Saturday, May 22, 9 am - Join CHEC on a walk at Bayshore Live Oak Park, 23157 Bayshore Road, Pt. Charlotte. You will be walking along the shoreline of Charlotte Harbor exploring the various mangrove species found there.
Seagrass Wading Trips
Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center and the Charlotte County Natural Resource Department will be conducting the following Seagrass Wading Trips for the public in June. Seagrass Wading Trips are being offered on Thursday, June 10 and Thursday, June 24 at Cedar Point Environmental Park, 2300 Placida Road, and are free to the public. 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, sunscreen, and clothing comfortable both for hiking and being in the water. Advance registration is required. For more information or to register, call 475•0769. Trips are currently limited to 12 people, and wait lists are available for every trip. Trips fill up fast! Meet in the Cedar Point parking lot near the restrooms at 9am. The health and safety policies for these programs are subject to change. For information on mask requirements, and Covid-19 safety precautions, please contact email@example.com. Go to www.CHECflorida.org for a complete program calendar.
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