NATURE CALLS

The 2024 sea turtle nesting season has begun and every day, new cordoned off yellow-tape areas marking a nest appear along the shoreline.
BY BY CHRIS CAMERON | May 20, 2024 at 4:34 p.m.

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Nature Calls

A list of upcomming events involving the Great Outdoors
May 16, 2024 at 1:55 p.m.

Earth Day Beach Cleanup by Dedicated Volunteers

Over 30 volunteers came out to celebrate Earth Day by cleaning up trash at Stump Pass Beach State Park.
May 3, 2024 at 4:35 p.m.

How to be a Conservationist

During a recent guided walk that I led at Lemon Creek Wildflower Preserve, a participant asked me, “What exactly does it mean to be a conservationist? How can I make a difference for conservation?”
BY SUBMITTED BY TONYA BRAMLAGE | April 19, 2024 at 10:46 a.m.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles... Chasing The total Solar Eclipse

Months ago, we bought tickets to Dallas, TX to see the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024. Back in 2017, we experienced our first total eclipse parked in an alfalfa field in western Nebraska and were so impressed, we decided, if there was another eclipse in the U.S., we …
April 18, 2024 at 2:11 p.m.

Garden Clubs Celebrate 100th Arbor Day Anniversary

In celebration of the 100th anniversary, the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs partnered with the National Wildlife Federation and Duke Energy Foundation in celebration of Florida’s Arbor Day.
January 29, 2024 at 10:05 a.m.

Record-Breaking Year for Manasota Key Sea Turtle Nests

The Coastal Wildlife Club (CWC) ended the 2023 sea turtle nesting season with a record-breaking 5,909 nests, the nonprofit reported recently. A breakdown of the nesting totals by species is 5,320 loggerhead (Caretta caretta); 588 green (Chelonia mydas); and one Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii).
BY BY CAROL MCCOY, CWC VOLUNTEER | December 5, 2023 at 4:43 p.m.

Community Rocks!! How Rock Painting Brings Our Community Together

On the surface, rock painting sounds like yet another craft project, but if you take a closer look underneath the paint, you will discover a whole new way to reconnect with the outside world...
BY BY TONYA BRAMLAGE, LEMON BAY CONSERVANCY | November 2, 2023 at 3:35 p.m.

Five Questions To Ask About Donating To Hurricane Relief

Since Hurricane Idalia has made landfall in Florida, generous donors will seek to support relief efforts that are engaged in disaster-related activities. The Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance recommends contributors to ask five questions to help them make wise giving decisions.
September 12, 2023 at 1:20 p.m.

Record-Breaking Year for Turtle Nesting

The Coastal Wildlife Club is excited to report that this is a record-breaking year for turtle nesting in their coverage area.
August 10, 2023 at 4:55 p.m.

Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network

The Coastal Wildlife Club is part of the Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network (STSSN) and is FWC permitted (MTP-132a). Recently the trained and permitted volunteers responded to an adult male loggerhead at Englewood Public Beach.
August 2, 2023 at 2:57 p.m.

Sentinel Chickens Thwart Deadly Viral Diseases

Not far from the Peace River and I-75, a lovely, mild-mannered, flock of some 75 Easter Egg Chickens recently prepared to stand sentinel between the population of Charlotte County and three deadly mosquito-borne diseases.
BY BY CONNIE SMITH | July 24, 2023 at 10:50 a.m.

Support Bees with a Bee Pollinator Home

Pollinator homes support solitary bees, providing a cozy nesting site. The U.S. has around 4,000 species of native bees. Ninety percent of them are solitary nesters using reeds, hollow logs or underground burrows as homes. Bees are everywhere and every yard has bees, whether you know it or not. Bees …
BY TONYA BRAMLAGE, LEMON BAY CONSERVANCY | July 21, 2023 at 1:20 p.m.

Lemon Bay Conservancy Builds Pollinator Houses for National Pollinator Week

Lemon Bay Conservancy celebrated National Pollinator Week (June 19-25) by building and installing pollinator houses in the Lemon Creek Wildflower Preserve Butterfly Habitat.
July 7, 2023 at 11:30 a.m.

Shore Fishing

Recently, after avoiding one of our favorite launches for outstanding kayak water all winter, we ventured back to Stump Pass Beach State Park.
BY [email protected] | July 6, 2023 at 2:00 p.m.