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September 29, 2020


9/24/2020 11:50:00 AM
Nature Calls
On September 19, Stump Pass Beach State Park volunteers picked up trash and other debris from areas in the park and the water around the mangroves. The 21 volunteers then sorted the trash and inventoried it by type. The top three items picked up were beverage cans, plastic bottles and food wrappers followed by cigarette butts. Cigarette butts are usually the number one littered item in many cleanups around the globe. You can help to keep the park clean by packing out what you bring in and picking up trash you see around you, even if it isn’t yours. While tidying up the park, many of the critters who call the park home such as the Florida box turtle, gopher tortoise and osprey were sighted by the volunteers. The clean-up was hosted by Friends of Stump Pass (FOSP) and they give a big shout-out to their volunteers who helped out at the event and to others that tirelessly work to keep the environment clean. Learn more about Friends of Stump Pass on their Facebook page. Photo by Lori Newton.

On September 19, Stump Pass Beach State Park volunteers picked up trash and other debris from areas in the park and the water around the mangroves. The 21 volunteers then sorted the trash and inventoried it by type. The top three items picked up were beverage cans, plastic bottles and food wrappers followed by cigarette butts. Cigarette butts are usually the number one littered item in many cleanups around the globe. You can help to keep the park clean by packing out what you bring in and picking up trash you see around you, even if it isn’t yours. While tidying up the park, many of the critters who call the park home such as the Florida box turtle, gopher tortoise and osprey were sighted by the volunteers. The clean-up was hosted by Friends of Stump Pass (FOSP) and they give a big shout-out to their volunteers who helped out at the event and to others that tirelessly work to keep the environment clean. Learn more about Friends of Stump Pass on their Facebook page. Photo by Lori Newton.


Turtle Nesting Season Update
“For a terrible year (COVID-19,) it has been a very good sea turtle nesting season,” stated Wilma Katz of the Coastal Wildlife Club, which oversees the sea turtle nesting on Manasota Key and the northern tip of Knight Island. Careful and complex nesting data is collected, tabulated and sent to the state. As of September 11th, the last available date of complied data, on Manasota Key (Sarasota & Charlotte counties,) 4,630 Loggerhead nests, 154 Green turtle nests and two Kemps Ridley nests have been documented. False crawls (attempts by a sea turtle to nest but nesting is not achieved) number 7,715 for Loggerheads and 143 for Green turtles. Although Englewood has been brushed by two tropical storms this season (Cristobel and Sally,) only a few nests were lost due to wave action. The 2020 season started early with a few nests being found in April, (official nesting season start is May 1st,) and the number of Loggerhead nests is ahead of last year’s total making 2020 a very good year, although not a record. Green turtle nest count is lower but that is to be expected as nesting trends suggest that green sea turtles do not nest every year. Wilma applauds the large group of committed volunteers who patrol the beaches every morning to document sea turtle activity and who deal with the challenges of COVID-19, wearing masks and following other safety protocols. Most of the volunteers return year after year due to their love of sea turtles and desire to see their population grow. New volunteers enthusiastically embraced their duties, joining veteran volunteers, walking the beaches daily during sea turtle nesting season which runs through October 31st. There are still nests yet to hatch so it is important to shield all lights visible at the beach; even the red turtle safety approved lights should be shielded facing the beach. Learn more about the Coastal Wildlife Club and keep up with the latest sea turtle nesting statistics by following the club on their Facebook page.

Charlotte County Wins FRPA Award
The Florida Recreation and Park Association (FRPA) named Charlotte County Community Services as the recipient of the 2020 Agency Excellence Award in Environmental Sustainability Award. This award recognizes the outstanding work done by Parks and Natural Resources to advance the park and recreation profession in the area of environmental sustainability. “Parks & Natural Resources is committed to enhancing the quality of life for our residents and visitors by providing safe, well maintained, accessible facilities for all users,” said Community Services Director Tommy Scott. “We are known for our pristine and unspoiled beauty, and we are thankful for our team that continues to enhance the beauty our community has to offer.” Acquisition and development of parks and natural areas, facilities, programming, administration and management, marketing and promotion, long and short-range planning, staff training and development, citizen involvement and community involvement are reviewed. More information on the Awards Program can be found at frpa.org/awards. For information, contact Mike Koenig at 235•5003 or Mike.Koenig@CharlotteCountyFL.gov.

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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